STEM Stuff

As we build up the TechVent program, we’re learning a lot about teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is where we’re documenting what worked – and we’re really trying to cover science and math parts that are too often neglected. It’s gotta be more than just a cool demo.

In the table below, we list activities and how they’re applicable to different Scouting levels.  How can an activity possibly be applicable from Beavers to Rovers? Have a look. We start with basic level, and we add options to make it more interesting and challenging to each group.

At the Venturer level, the activities have two goals:

  • To match up with the science and math they’re  being taught at their high school level
  • To provide the foundation for ham radio certification and other technology activities

As we find new things that are useful to other groups, we’ll put them here.

Sections Project
Scouts, Venturers, Rovers Canadian Amateur Radio Certification. 

We built our own tutorials and practice quizzes to make it easier.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts The simplest and oldest radio transmitter: A coin and a 9V battery.
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers How sound waves work and what they look like
Scouts, Venturers How to splice wires
Cubs, Scouts, Venturers Making a simple single-frequency AM transmitter
Scouts, Venturers How to Solder
Scouts, Venturers Raising a simple antenna tower
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers Compass: point to any point on earth with an azimuthal map.
Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, Leaders A GMRS Radio Technology Primer. No license required, but there are rules and features you need to know.
Scouts, Venturers Proper radio behaviour using GMRS radio
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers Using a voltmeter/multimeter and the most basic circuits
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers Build a simple electric motor/generator.
Cubs, Scouts, Venturers Card games: improving mental math without really trying
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