Using experiential activities and interaction with STEM professionals, the goal of the STEM Scouts program is to help young people grow in character and skills as they explore their curiosity about STEM fields. It is hoped that their growing knowledge will translate into the STEM-related careers that are so crucial to our country’s future economy. While the program focuses on future careers in STEM, it is ultimately designed to be challenging, thought-provoking and, most importantly, fun.
STEM SCOUTS AT A GLANCE
- 10-20 boys and girls, 3 or more leaders per unit
- Units grouped by elementary, middle and high school ages
- Weekly meetings, monthly field trips
- 4- to 6-week learning modules
- Lessons created & vetted by STEM educators
- Participation and achievement awards rather than ranks or rank advancement
- Leadership and mentoring opportunities
- Development of new skills
STEM Scouts who complete modules receive electronic badges to mark their success. After completing several modules, Scouts can pursue deeper understanding of topics through Individual Learning Modules (ILM) and receive Achievement Awards for their work. Middle and high school students have the opportunity to publish their work in a peer-reviewed journal.