About STEM Scouts

STEM Scouts helps girls and boys learn about science, technology, engineering and math through creative, hands-on activities, field trips and interaction with STEM professionals.

STEM Scouts at a Glance

  • 10-20 boys and girls, 3 or more leaders per unit
  • Units grouped by elementary, middle and high school ages
  • Weekly meetings, monthly field trips
  • 4- to 6-week learning modules
  • Lessons created & vetted by STEM educators
  • Participation and achievement awards rather than ranks or rank advancement
  • Leadership and mentoring opportunities
  • Development of new skills

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Using experiential activities and interaction with STEM professionals, the goal of the STEM Scouts program is to help young people grow in character and skills as they explore their curiosity about STEM fields. It is hoped that their growing knowledge will translate into the STEM-related careers that are so crucial to our country’s future economy. While the program focuses on future careers in STEM, it is ultimately designed to be challenging, thought-provoking and, most importantly, fun.

BSA Connection

A coed program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), STEM Scouts offers a scouting experience with less emphasis on the outdoors. STEM Scouts follows the Scout Oath and Law with the goal of producing young men and women who are leaders, display confidence, realize their skills and limitations, are respectful of others’ opinions, are problem solvers in all aspects of life, look for opportunities to serve others, are good citizens and demonstrate integrity in all phases of life.


STEM Scouts who complete modules receive electronic badges to mark their success. After completing several modules, Scouts can pursue deeper understanding of topics through Individual Learning Modules (ILM) and receive Achievement Awards for their work. Middle and high school students have the opportunity to publish their work in a peer-reviewed journal.

STEM Scouts Makes Learning Fun

Using hands-on activities, STEM Scouts encourages young minds’ natural curiosity and helps build interest in the STEM-related careers that are so crucial to our future economy.

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STEM Scouts is a values-based, character development program that expands Scouts’ STEM knowledge as they build character, citizenship and mental fitness.

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STEM Scouts delivers educational content developed and vetted by STEM educators and designed to be immersive, inspire creativity and problem solving, and encourage independent thinking.

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The STEM Scouts pilot is led by BSA officials with strong STEM backgrounds and a commitment to providing youth with fun and interesting education in science, technology, engineering and math.

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