Scouts Canada + STEM
The Scouts Canada STEM program is designed to promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) among Scouting youth and their families. STEM has long been an integral part of the Scouting experience, from building shelters and learning how to use navigation devices to connecting with and understanding the natural ecosystems around us. With a new emphasis on STEM, we hope to provide our youth and Volunteers with valuable tools and resources to make the most of their Scouting experience.
Relying on the Scouting practice of “learning by doing”, we aim to ignite curiosity, foster innovation, and create a climate in which youth can see themselves as future leaders in the fields of science and technology. A variety of STEM activities will allow members to explore, design, build, and perform fun experiments and make interesting discoveries. Through this process, youth improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills. They develop into well-rounded individuals eager to learn and discover and ready to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.
To learn more about how STEM fits into the Canadian Path and what resources are available for you to best integrate it into your program, download our complete guide: “STEM on The Canadian Path- Foundations, Guidelines and Resources”.STEM on the Canadian Path
STEM Trail Cards
We have a pool of STEM Trail Cards for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers to help youth and Scouters make STEM a part of their Scouting programs. The Trail Cards follow the Plan-Do-Review model to guide youth through activities. They include a list of the materials the group will need and links to online resources. You can find the Trail Cards below, or by visiting your Section specific page of the website. Look for the STEM icon to find them.
We are always working on expanding the pool of Trail Cards on the website. The best ideas are those that have been tried and tested in the field. If you have worked on a STEM activity with your Section, or if you have ideas that you think can develop into interesting activities, let us know. You can send your ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org.