STEM Cubs is a free K-8th grade S.T.E.M. Education program hosted jointly by the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, the College of Education & Human Development and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri.

Here’s what you need to know to get involved as an instructor or volunteer!

Next event: Saturday, October 28, 2023

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STEM Cubs volunteers and instructors


Instructors are responsible for preparing a 75-min lesson plan with hands-on activities for K-8 students. The proposed lesson plan, if accepted, will be refined to make sure it fits all national education standards and is engaging for young learners.

Instructors will present their lesson plan four times (twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon) during the STEM Cubs camp. For the time commitment required to prepare the lesson plan, prepare classroom volunteers, and facilitate the lesson during the camp, instructors receive a stipend of $200. Co-instructor teams split the stipend evenly.

Important dates and deadlines for instructors:

Draft 75-minute lesson for a specified grade levelby Wednesday, September 20
Attend meeting with STEM Cubs coordinators and education professionals to polish submitted lessonMonday, October 2
Submit finalized supply listby Friday, October 13
Attend and conduct a lesson run-through with volunteersMonday, October 16
Submit final lesson plan to STEM Cubs coordinatorsby Friday, October 20
Complete Youth Protection Policy requirementsby Friday, October 13

Apply to be a STEM Cubs instructor!

Application deadline for instructors is Wednesday, September 20


Each STEM Cubs camp requires many volunteers to help with check-in, provide classroom support, and assist with activities.

Documentation of volunteer/service hours for clubs and organizations will be provided upon request. Additionally, STEM Cubs will accommodate departments, clubs and organizations that would like to volunteer as a group.

Important dates and deadlines for volunteers:

Attend lesson run-through with instructorsMonday, October 16
Complete STEM Cubs volunteer training in MU Engageby Thursday, October 26

Register to be a STEM Cubs volunteer!

Registration deadline for volunteers is Wednesday, October 25