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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 can help "Counsel" the youth on the NOVA level awards, approved by the local unit committee, adult application filled out - leader code 58, and submit with Youth Protection certifcate to Scout office. 
  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


    Microsoft Badge Workshops (new summer classes are now available)

    Cub Scout NOVA Day - Saturday, September 27 at the Saint Louis Science Center!  Check out more info at this LINK
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!

Check Out These Videos!

  Robotics Explorer Posts


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

STEM UNIVERSITies - December 27, 2014 at UMSL & January 3, 2015 at semo

More news to come soon...

2013-2014 Council Accomplishments in STEM

  • ·       STEM Activity Village at the September Venturing ‘Fall Fun Rally’ to 1,500 teenagers

    ·       STEM fun station at ‘Cub Scout Day One’ to 1,400 new Cub Scout recruits and their parents

    ·       21 Robotics Explorer Clubs & Posts with 233 youth learning engineering and computer skills

    ·       Trained over 400 adult volunteers on the NOVA program with over 2,800 Scouts earning a NOVA award and 62 Scouts earning a Supernova Award in the last 1½ years

    ·       New partner sponsors with the Microsoft Store and Pole Position Raceway offering free STEM workshops to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts throughout the program year. 

    ·       760 Cub Scouts participated at the new Cub Scout STEM Day events at Monsanto and Fabick/CAT earning STEM based academic belt loops.

    ·       And conducted two ‘STEM Universities’ at the end of December 2013.  STEM University brought all three Scout programs together on two days – one at UMSL and one at SEMO and helped 836 youth earn a NOVA award and other STEM related badges.



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, Craig Felzien, Finance Chairman, and Teresa Colletti, Training Chairman.  Thank you John, Steve, Lisa, Dan, Craig, and Teresa 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
North Star - Jenny Fortner
Osage - Ward Hanneken
Ozark Trailblazers - Chad Majeske
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