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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Initiatives

       Contact: Tom Kroenung
       STEM Program Director


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our Scouting and STEM Fanpage!

Check out the photos from our various STEM events. 

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.

  1. Make sure you get a copy of the NOVA award book (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing books) for your unit or per youth - sold in the local Scout shop or at
  2. Any adult in the unit can help "Counsel" the youth on the NOVA level awards / approved by unit committee and following Youth Protection Guidelines
  3. Review the Award worksheets at this LINK
  4. Recruit an adult to be the Unit STEM Chairman (STEM professional background optional)
  5. Get familiar about the NOVA program resources on this website and at
  6. Recruit adults with a STEM background to be Supernova Mentors.   They will need to apply thru the District STEM Chairman or District Advancement Chairman with this FORM.  Forms are turned in to the Scout office. 
  7. Find online training for STEM Counselors, Mentors, and for general information at this LINK
  8. Supernova Mentors nearby can be found on the Merit Badge Directory
  9. Turn in awards timely at the Scout Shops - Advancement Report form
  10. Catch up with your District STEM Chairman to find out more about local resources (see list at bottom of page)
  11. Attend Roundtables to learn about STEM resources and be a fan of the local STEM Facebook page
  12. and lastly check out the cool STEM events taking place around the Council


We will be taking walkins for these STEM Day sessions, but when we hit our max of 125 per session registrations will be cut off.  Don't chance it and reserve your spots online today!!  The websites have a ticker to let you know how many spots are available.
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. Various Saturday mornings to pick from thru April - 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   Get more info at this LINK and get your Cub Scouts signed up today!

CUB SCOUT STEM DAY - Saturday, May 3, 2014

The next Cub Scout STEM Day will take place on Saturday, May 3rd at Fabick/CAT in Fenton with help from Mad Science.   Mark your caledars!!   The program will be on the Photography and Wildlife Conservation Belt Loops - what a combination - and the online registration links are above in the What's New area.   Down the road on Hwy. 44 at Beaumont Scout Reservation on the same day will be the new Shoot-O-Ree event.   Take on both Scout activities on the same day!   Click this LINK for more info on the Shoot-O-Ree.

To see photos of the past October STEM Day event in action, click here.
To see photos of the May event in action, click here.

Check Out These Videos!

  Robotics Explorer Posts


AT&T, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Southeast Missouri State University, Microsoft Store - Galleria,
Pole Position Raceway, and the St. Louis City & County Police Departments 

STEM UNIVERSITies - December 28, 2013 & January 4, 2014

Thanks goes to all the Scouts, leaders, and parents who came out to the STEM University at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and the first STEM University at Southeast Missouri State University.

What exceptional days the events turned out to be and now memorable ones for 843 Scouts and more than 500 parents, leaders, and staff in attendance. The events met their 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
  • STEM U Chairman at SEMO, Kevin McMeel
  • Cub Scout College Dean at SEMO, Kathleen Gaare-Wiese
  • Boy Scout College Dean at SEMO, Brenda Shipman
  • Venturing College Dean at UMSL, Amie Trebing
  • Facility Hosts - Dr. Thomas George, UMSL and Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, SEMO
  • UMSL Facilities Manager Thomas O’Connell and his extremely supportive staff
  • our outstanding exhibitors: AT&T oxyGEN and the Bomb & Arson Squad from the St. Louis City & County Police
  • our gracious sponsors: AT&T, University of Missouri–St. Louis, and Southeast Missouri State University
recap video  from 2012 STEM U.

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


The council STEM Committee is moving forward.  Scouters interested in participating in this committee should contact Tom at 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!


Thanks goes to the following Scouters for taking on this role:

Boone Trails - Craig Felzien
Egyptian - Bob Coulson
Gravois Trail - Brad Johnson
Kaskaskia - Gary Kinsel
New Horizons - Lisa Balbes, Ron Colletti, & Teresa Colletti
Osage - Ward Hanneken
Pathfinder - Steve Masaki
River Trails - Rich Simpson 
Shawnee - Kevin McMeel 

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.     

By engaging our council with STEM, we are creating a brighter future for all and staying ahead of the curve on technology. 



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

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
Morse Code - 3 free versions
Geocaching Intro, Geocaching Toolkit - free
Planets - free - guide to the solar system
US Army Bugle Calls - free