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Virtual Franklin Institute

Weekly classes, virtual tours #SparksOfScience series, and more!

Science, technology, engineering, and math have never been so much fun, especially when they join forces with Scouting! With families spending more time at home together, STEM Scouts brings fun and educational activities for kids to enjoy. STEM Scouts offers all kinds of free resources and activities so kids can perform exciting experiments, watch cool videos, and more.

Watch and Learn

Check out tons of experiment videos on the STEM Scouts YouTube channel, then try them out for yourself with an adult. Learn about even more STEM topics with these cool videos from STEM Scouts of Central Texas.

STEM Inspiration from Councils

Take on this 30 Day STEM Challenge created by Samoset Council, or try one of these activities from Capitol Area Council.

Younger kids:

Here are some STEM activities geared toward a younger audience from the Greater St. Louis Area Council. If your child also happens to be a Cub Scout, these also serve as great service projects and rank activities!

Older kids:

The STEM Nova Awards program was developed to excite and expand a sense of wonder in Scouts. Explore the basic principles of STEM through modules and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. Learn more about this recognition here.

Happen to have a 3D printer? Take a look at this template from Budmen Industries’ face mask template here.

Looking for more?

Check out more recommended resources from the STEM Scouts team here, and find even more websites for kids here. Then, head over to to learn more about the program today. Just remember that experiments require adult supervision—which means you might just learn something new together!

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Capitol Area Council, Austin, TX

The council’s STEM Nova Committee is putting together a series of remote Scouting activities tied to the Nova Award and Hornaday-related merit badges.

National STEM in Scouting Committee

The committee has developed an online Nova for remote Scouting.
You can sign up here.

Online Classes

Hosted by U.S. Air Force Recruiting and NASA STEM
30-day LEGO Challenge
30-day LEGO Challenge