STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These disciplines are considered by many to be the foundation of an advanced society. In many forums -- including political, governmental, and academic -- the strength of the STEM workforce is viewed as an indicator of a nation's ability to sustain itself.
To engage our youth members in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the Boy Scouts of America created new program initiatives that emphasizes STEM in the context of the current advancement programs. The BSA's STEM initiative gives Scouts an opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences and to be recognized for their achievements. The aim is to expose youth to new opportunities and help them develop the STEM skills critical for the competitive world marketplace. Our council is implementing these initiatives.
What's New In STEM?
CUB SCOUT STEM DAY - Saturday, October 26, 2013
Thanks to the 231 Cub Scouts that made it out to the latest Cub Scout STEM Day. What a STEMtastic experience it was for these young men and for them to earn their Astronomy and Weather academic belt loops. We greatly appreciate our sponsors: Fabick CAT, AT&T, and Mad Science. They made this a very special day. Look for another Cub Scout Day next Spring.
To see photos of this October event in action, click here.
To see photos of the May event in action, click here.
POLE POSITION RACEWAY - NEW CUB SCOUT STEM PROGRAM!
Pole Position Raceway in South County St. Louis is providing a unique STEM based program for local Cub Scouts in the Greater St. Louis Area Council, BSA - - Kart Racing, Safety, and Technology
This FREE, one and a half hour program is focused on kart racing, safety, and technology. Six Saturday mornings to pick from this Fall - 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Get more info at this LINK and get your Cub Scouts signed up today!
2012-13 Council Accomplishments in STEM
- 3,000 Cub Scouts and leaders educated on the NOVA program at 24 summer day camp presentations
- 1,000 teenagers at STEM Activity Village at the Venturing Fall Fun Rally
- 700 new Cub Scout recruits at the STEM fun station at Cub Scout Day One
- 200 Explorer youth at 21 new robotics clubs learning engineering and computer skills
- 200 Scout leaders trained on the NOVA program and how to teach & administer
- 550 youth at the first STEM University in the United States (STEM University was a one-day event at a local university campus helping Scouts learn and earn a NOVA award.)
- 22 Scouts awarded the prestigious Supernova Award
STEM UNIVERSITY - December 29, 2012
recap video Thanks goes to all the Scouts, leaders, and parents who came out to the first STEM University...
What an exceptional day it turned out to be at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. STEM U is now a memorable event for 540 Scouts and more than 400 parents, leaders, and staff in attendance. The event met its goal -- instilling inspiration into these young men and women to learn more in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Special thanks goes to:
- Council STEM Chairman John Sondag
- Cub Scout Chairman Steve Masaki
- Boy Scout Chairman Lisa Balbes
- Venturing Chairman Dan Robinson
- Finance Chairman Craig Felzien
- Facility Host Dr. Thomas George
- UMSL Facilities Manager Thomas O’Connell and his extremely supportive staff
- Special Guest Crystal Jones of the St. Louis Rams
- our outstanding exhibitors: DaVinci Machines, FIRST Robotics, Ft. Leonard Wood Army Base, Scott Air Force Base, Boeing, St. Louis County Police, Challenger Center, and the Saint Louis Science Center
- our gracious sponsors: AT&T, University of Missouri–St. Louis, Express Scripts, and the St. Louis Rams
To see photos of the event, click here.
STEM U will return on Saturday, December 28th at UMSL and a new STEM U at Southeast Missouri State University on Saturday, January 4th. More info to come soon on October 15th!
COUNCIL STEM COMMITTEE
The council STEM Committee is moving forward. Scouters interested in participating in this committee should contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
John Sondag, President of Missouri AT&T, serves as our Council STEM Chairman and we are pleased to have the following volunteers lead the subcommittee efforts: Steve Masaki, Cub Scout Initiatives chairman; Lisa Balbes, Boy Scout Initiatives chairman; Dan Robinson, Exploring/Venturing Initiatives chairman, and Craig Felzien, Finance Chairman. Thank you John, Steve, Lisa, Dan, and Craig for your leadership!
DISTRICT STEM CHAIRMEN
Thanks goes to the following Scouters for taking on this role:
Boone Trails - Craig Felzien
Egyptian - Bob Coulson
Gravois Trail - Brad Johnson
Kaskaskia - Blaine Bartholomew
Osage - Ward Hanneken
Pathfinder - Steve Masaki
River Trails - Rich Simpson
If you are interested in being your district's STEM chairman, contact your district executive. The vision of this committee is to see all of our council units engaged in some kind of STEM initiative during the program year. Some of the potential council programs planned for the near future include the development of unit level robotic programs for packs and troops. Programs could include adopting the FIRST Lego League or other successful robotic programs. New NOVA and SUPERNOVA award focus at day camps or a special STEM day camp New Robotics Merit Badge Skill Centers and other STEM skill centers Opportunities to create new Exploring Robotics Clubs (middle school students) with FIRST Lego League and Exploring Posts (high school students) with FIRST Tech Challenge -- 11 new Boeing-sponsored Robotics posts and 8 new Robotics clubs were started in fall 2012.
By engaging our council with STEM, we are creating a brighter future for all and staying ahead of the curve on technology.
SMART PHONE APPS FOR SCOUTING
You never know what apps are available to help you in Scouting. Below is a list of free apps and those with a cost that you can upload to your phone or Ipad from the app store:
Scout Handbook $9.99 - official BSA publication
Boy Scout Advancement tracking:
Troop Badges - $5.99 for leader version to track multiple Scouts, $0.99 (My Badges) for scouts to track their own advancement
ScoutTracker - $1.99 for one Scout
Advancement - $2.99 -tracks multiple Scouts
Poison Center Help - free
Flashlight - free, at least 5 versions
Compass - one free and 4 $0.99 versions
Campfire songs - free, collection of 175 songs, searchable, with audio
What Knot To Do - free, 70 knots in 6 categories
Knot Guide - free version includes 17 categories, $1.99 version includes 95 knots
Coleman has free apps on classing, camping, cookbook, lantern, and campfire tales
Scats and Tracks of North America - $6.99
Morse Code - 3 free versions
Geocaching Intro, Geocaching Toolkit - free
Planets - free - guide to the solar system
US Army Bugle Calls - free