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, March 16, 2024

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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 Monday, February 19
Meet and consult with assigned STEM Cubs coordinator to polish submitted lessonFebruary 19 – March 8
Submit finalized supply list and lesson planby Friday, March 8
Complete Youth Protection Policy requirementsby Friday, March 8
In-person volunteer training, lesson talk-throughWednesday, March 13

Apply to be a STEM Cubs instructor!

Application deadline for instructors is Friday, February 9th


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:

Volunteer registration deadlineFriday, March 8
Volunteer training, lesson talk-throughWednesday, March 13

Sign up for more information about volunteering with STEM Cubs.

Register here for the Spring 2024 STEM Cubs camps!