Activities for Scout and Youth Groups

stem-fest-patch.jpgEven virtually, scouting and youth groups can get involved, learn new concepts, explore STEM careers and earn patches at NIU's STEM Fest.

Scouts can participate in STEM challenges throughout the month. Complete all the challenges and you're qualified to purchase a limited-edition STEM Fest 2020 badge/patch.

Scout Leaders

Is your troop planning to earn patches? Please complete our interest form so we're sure to sure we keep enough patches in stock for everyone. Questions? Contact Lise Schlosser at lschlosser@niu.edu or 815-753-8554.

How to Earn Patches

  1. Choose the patches you’d like to earn (they're listed below) and complete the required activities.
  2. When you have completed your patch activities, fill out the online STEM Fest evaluation.
  3. You'll receive a confirmation email with a promo code for your patches.
  4. Purchase your patches from the STEM Fest online store.

Find Your Spark Patch

stem-fest-patchNew this year! Earn the Find Your Spark patch!

  1. Participate in the STEM Fest 2020 live virtual celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
  2. Complete the tasks on the Find Your Spark worksheet.
  3. Answer all the questions on the worksheet.
  4. Complete our STEM Fest survey online. At the end, you'll submit your worksheet online.

Mini Patches

You can earn up to four mini patches. Follow the instructions below for each patch. You will need to complete a mini-patch worksheet for each mini patch you want to earn, so if you want to earn four patches, you'll need to complete and submit four worksheets.

stem-fest-patchScience Mini Patch

  1. Participate in one our science-themed events in October
  2. Complete the mini-patch worksheet.
  3. Complete our STEM Fest survey online. At the end, you'll submit your worksheet online.

Science Themed Events at STEM Fest

  • STEM Saturday Virtual Workshops
    • Spooky STEAM & Creepy Critters, Oct. 3, 10 a.m...., Online, Suggested grades: 8-12
    • Oozes and Slimes, Oct. 17, 10 a.m...., Online, Suggested grades: 3-5
    • Holograms, Oct. 24, 10 a.m...., Suggested grades: 4-8
  • Maker Monday Videos and Activities
    • Studying Stink Bugs and Exploring Insects, Posted Oct. 5, Suggested age: Grade school through teens
    • Bioinformatics and the Battle Against SARS-COVID-2, Posted Oct. 12, Suggested age: Teens
    • Catalyst for a Career: An Interview with a Chemist, Posted Oct. 19, Suggested age: Teens
    • Find Your Spark, Shape Our Future: An Interview with an AI Researcher, Posted Oct. 26, Suggested age: Teens

Technology Mini Patch

  1. Participate in one our technology-themed events in October
  2. Complete the mini-patch worksheet.
  3. Complete our STEM Fest survey online. At the end, you'll submit your worksheet online.

Technology Themed Events at STEM Fest

Engineering Mini Patch

mini patches

  1. Participate in one our engineering-themed events in October
  2. Complete the mini-patch worksheet.
  3. Complete our STEM Fest survey online. At the end, you'll submit your worksheet online.

Technology Themed Events at STEM Fest

Mathematics Mini Patch

  1. Participate in one our mathematics-themed events in October
  2. Complete the mini-patch worksheet.
  3. Complete our STEM Fest survey online. At the end, you'll submit your worksheet online.

Mathematics Themed Events at STEM Fest


STEM Fest Patch

stem-fest-patchNew to STEM Fest? Earn our STEM Fest patch by attending two events:

  1. Participate in any of our weekly events during October.
  2. Participate in the STEM Fest 2020 live virtual celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
  3. Complete the tasks on the Find Your Spark worksheet.
  4. Answer all the questions on the worksheet.
  5. Complete our STEM Fest survey online. At the end, you'll submit your worksheet online.

Passport to My Future Patch

stem-fest-patchFor Girl Scouts only! Earn the Passport to My Future patch.

  1. Participate in any of our weekly events during October.
  2. Participate in the STEM Fest 2020 live virtual celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
  3. Complete the tasks on the Find Your Spark worksheet.
  4. Answer all the questions on the worksheet.
  5. Complete our STEM Fest survey online. At the end, you'll submit your worksheet online.
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Register now for our Oct. 31 STEM Fest Celebration!