The lack of Americans pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) sector continues to be a problem in the U.S. economy. However, efforts to recruit more people into these high-demand fields are now coming from traditionally non-STEM related organizations.
The Boys Scouts of America has launched a new co-ed program – STEM Scouts – that will have boys and girls learn about computer science, astronomy and robotics, as well as character development and survival skills.
The pilot program began last year in Knoxville, Tennessee with nearly 400 students, ranging in grades 3 to 12. The students are divided into groups based on their grades and meet once a week for 90 minutes after school. For four to six weeks, students focus on completing one project.
The program has been so successful that it is expanding to 12 U.S. cities in fall 2015.
Here is a video about STEM Scouts:
By the way, have you ever seen a 3D printed Girl Scout Cookie?