High School

High school students take their study of STEM topics to a higher level as they learn through hands-on experiments and independent study. Scouts work with professionals and meet in weekly Labs to explore topics grouped in six-week learning modules

Core Curriculum

With STEM professionals as mentors and the opportunity to publish research in an online, peer-reviewed journal, high school Scouts can give themselves an advantage in the hunt for college scholarships. Scouts participate in several core modules throughout the year, each providing a good foundation in one or more STEM subjects. Here are a few of the topics high school Scouts will explore.

Forensic Science

Solve a murder mystery by applying forensic science techniques. Conduct gel electrophoresis as you explore DNA and how it applies to forensic science. Investigate blood typing activities using simulated blood. Learn how to lift fingerprints and take casts of footprints.


Learn about hydraulics, how they work and the different liquids used. With your team, design and build a hydraulic arm. Race to see which team’s arm can pick up and move 20 soda cans the fastest.


Using Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0, design, build and program a robot that can pick up and move ping pong balls. Compete against your fellow STEM Scouts to see whose robot gets the job done fastest.


Learn about the effects of physical activity and energy on memory. Design and create a healthier way to make your favorite snack and create a clear and easy-to-read nutrition label.


Try a different STEM project every day. Learn about different topics, such as smoke bombs, electrical circuits, electromagnets, 3D modeling, stop-motion animation and fast wheels.


What is astronomy all about? Explore the solar system, then travel beyond and learn about different stars. Finally, return to our solar system and look at how the Earth, Moon, and Sun interact with each other.

Program Electives

Take your STEM studies to a higher level through electives. Dig deeper into subjects that interest you. Take on different topics every week and expand your knowledge and skills.

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No Limits

Explore a new topic. Dive in further. Be it smoke bombs, electrical circuits, electromagnets, 3D modeling, stop-motion animation, graphing or extrapolation, there are no limits.

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Design and construct a hydraulic arm that can pick up and move soda cans. What does your hydraulic arm have to do? What parts does it need to have?

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Design and build your own robot. Use LEGO Mindstorms EV3™ to program your robot to pick up and relocate ping pong balls.

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Digital Badges

STEM Achievements

STEM Scouts earn electronic badges as they learn new skills and achieve goals. High school Scouts are eligible to receive achievement awards after completing Individual Learning Modules (ILM) in topics of their choice and publish the results of their work in a peer-reviewed STEM journal. 

“When you read science in the book you can imagine it and it's really interesting because you feel like you're in it. But when you're actually doing it you are in it. You can hear the sounds and see the sights and actually know what it's like to be there.” -Eli Harrison, STEM Scout

The Mobile Lab

Vortex, the STEM Scouts 30-foot Mobile Lab, is available in some pilot council areas for fun on wheels at schools, festivals and events. The Vortex has smart TVs, computers and microscopes for hands-on experiments in learning modules of 5, 10 and 30 minutes. Elementary school Scouts explore 3-D modeling, fingerprint analysis, catapults and launch angles, hydraulics and “pressure wars,” making music, the “world of goo” and other experiments that directly relate to full learning modules.

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Personalized Study

Want to explore on your own? Scouts interested in learning more about a topic through independent, self-directed study can choose from a variety of Individual Learning Modules. Scouts simply choose an ILM and download a PDF for study details and a supply list. Scouts submit their completed ILMs to the Lab Manager through the portal.

For more information, talk to your Lab manager.

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Publish Your Work

High school STEM Scouts have the opportunity to publish and share their experimental results through a peer-reviewed journal. The journal process gives students a sense of accomplishment and knowledge about research practices as well as a competitive advantage in pursuing college acceptance and scholarships.

Publish Your Work