Thursday, May 7, 2015

We need STEM Scouts across America

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  And the Boy Scouts of America believes that they can help promote STEM in school-aged youth.  The BSA just announced that they are expanding a pilot program called STEM Scouts.  It is gaining momentum and looks to become an official nation-wide program soon.  A couple of parents asking "Why doesn't my kids school have a STEM Scouts program?" a few times and it will happen.

What a wonderful idea.  Let's hope that the core values of the scouting program be maintained.  I've seen pictures of these scouts reciting the Oath and Law in the Middle School age group.   The nerd in me loves the idea of a lab coat as a uniform. But I don't think that it'd look good with a bunch of patches like Boy Scouts or Venturers.  Maybe something else will come along with that in mind.

We need more Americans in STEM Fields in the future.  Right now we don't have enough graduating college to support our country's needs.  The earlier we get them interested, the more likelty they youth will stay in it.  

The things I like about STEM Scouts
  1. STEM
  2. Fun time, not more classroom time
  3. Co-ed

The things I'd like to see in STEM Scouts
  1. Include STEM Scouts in the wider Scouting movement
  2. I'd like to see the older age group to be rolled into Venturing
  3. I'd like to see what are the "Methods" of STEM Scouts
  4. The push is to change STEM to STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Mathmatics.  The focus on arts show people how to creatively solve problems.   
Photos: BSA

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