What Is 'STEM'?

The spirit of innovation and exploration is alive and well in Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Learn more about how the BSA is making STEM a top priority in our programs and activities. Learn all about the BSA's STEM program and then check out Three Fires Council's STEM opportunities below.

STEM NOVA - Cub Scouts

Go ahead. Get dirty. Get wild! Explore our earth, visit with a real Scientist, take a trip to a lab. Your STEM experience starts here.

Cub Scout NOVA Webelos NOVA  

STEM NOVA - Boy Scouts

Take it up a notch and earn special recognition for earning STEM-related merit badges. Try your hand at Physics, Astronomy, Robotics, Cryptography, Aviation and even Agriculture. Explore the Science of motion in sports, delve deeper into your surroundings and take camping to a whole new scientific level.

Boy Scout NOVA

STEM NOVA Venturing

There's even a program for our Venture Crews! Explore the impact of Information Technology and Social Media our daily lives. Explore the physics of Archery and Pistol Shooting. Get your hands dirty under the hood of a race car, design and build your own model autonomous vehicle or launch a rocket into the stratosphere.

Venturing NOVA

STEM NOVA Contacts - TFC

Edward Susmilch
STEM Committee Chairman
Phone: 630 834 0274
David Esposito
STEM Staff Adviser
Phone: 630 797 4625
Don Bak
STEM Committee Member at Large
Andy Leonard
Chanonee District STEM Chair
Tim Fortier
Fox Valley District STEM Chair
Phone: 630 336 9188
Donna L. Riggs, CQM
Maramech Hill District STEM Chair
Phone: 815 729 5378
David Gosztola
Thunderbird District STEM Chair