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: stem@scouts.ca.

STEM Kits

STEM kits are a great way to start your exploration of STEM on The Canadian Path. The kits provide Trail Cards, manuals and materials for several STEM activities designed around a common theme. They will help your Section to plan, do and review exciting STEM activities with ease. The kits can be used over the course of a few meetings, or in a camp. We currently have the Around the Pond kit for Beaver Scouts, Space Exploration kit for Cub scouts and the Robotics kit for Scouts. Check the locations for each kit to see if they are currently available in your area.

Let’s Talk Science

Lets Talk ScienceLet’s Talk Science and Scouts Canada have joined forces to assist Scouts and Scouters with running STEM activities in their Sections. Let’s Talk Science is a national charitable organization that focuses on science education and outreach support to youth development. They create and deliver unique, accessible learning programs and services that engage children and youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

With this partnership, Let’s Talk Science’s network of 3,500 trained volunteers, based at over 40 university and college campuses across Canada, will engage Scouting youth ages 5 to 17 in a wide variety of meaningful STEM-related learning experiences using real-world examples and exciting activities. Volunteers will work with Scout groups to provide mentorship, support and instruction for STEM projects, provide access to materials and university laboratories, and develop and implement activities that match the interests of the youth.

Sections and Groups looking for help when running STEM activities can easily request assistance from their local Let’s Talk Science Outreach site. A complete registry of all Canadian sites may be found online at: http://outreach.letstalkscience.ca.

For more information about Let’s Talk Science, please visit letstalkscience.ca.

Scouts Canada STEM Program Partnerships

Scouts Canada is partnering with Canada’s leading STEM organizations to deliver an engaging, innovative and hands-on STEM program.

To help foster the curiosity and practical skills in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Scouts Canada has developed and integrated STEM programming into our overall program. By providing informal educational activities for youth and young adults, aged 5 to 26, we hope to excite, engage and evoke a passion for STEM subjects and nurture the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

We are partnering with some of Canada’s leading STEM organizations and working collaboratively to extend the reach and impact of our STEM programming among our 100,000 members across Canada. If STEM education and program delivery is part of your mandate, please connect with us to discuss further opportunities.

For more information about STEM partnerships, please contact us at stem@scouts.ca.

Partners

Canadian Science and Tech Museum Lets Talk Science

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