STEM in Scouting
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder for these fields through existing Scouting programs. STEAM programs add art and design to STEM activities by drawing on design principles and encouraging creative solutions.
The Pine Tree Council launched Project STEAM in 2011 as a way of helping youth develop the skills needed to succeed in the workforce. STEAM programs aim to educate youth to think critically, and to have an engineering and design approach to real-world problems while building on their mathematics and science base. The goal is to encourage Scouts to take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.
Pine Tree Council is excited to offer STEAM curriculums and activities for youth ages 5 to 21 years old at all of our summer camps. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy themselves while participating in a wide range of STEAM-related activities. We believe that the high quality and brand of our STEAM programming will have a positive impact on academic achievement, help them develop management and leadership skills, and provide them with a competitive advantage in the workforce.
Nova and Supernova Awards
Engage Scout in STEM by pursuing the Nova and Supernova Awards programs! The Nova and Supernova Awards programs incorporates learning with exciting activities and exposure to STEAM for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks available in the council Scout Shops. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards).