Houston… we have a problem. We are in need of more scientists! A new Boy Scouts of America program to help fix the problem is expanding across country and right here in the Houston area. While you may think Boy Scouts is just for boys, this unique program invites girls to join along too!
“STEM Scouts encourages students’ natural curiosity and helps build interest in the STEM-related careers that are crucial to our future economy,” said Tom Varnell, CEO/Scout Executive of Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America. “Volunteers generously donate their time, expertise and enthusiasm for math and science to help inspire our scientists of tomorrow.”
STEM Scouts is an after school program that teaches about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through interactive projects, field trips and more. The program includes hands on experiments, field research and even hands on training with professionals already on the job. There is a true need and job security in the future. STEMScouts.org reports: STEM jobs are projected to grow 17% by 2018, and salaries average 26% more than for non-STEM jobs.
The program was piloted last school year at 12 cities across the country, including Conroe Independent School District’s Neil Armstrong Elementary School, and is now being rolled out across the Houston area. The program is expanding to Conroe, Spring Branch, Alief, Clear Creek, Houston and Lamar Consolidated ISDs this school year. The pilot program was made possible with a grant from ExxonMobil. It’s all led by volunteer STEM experts with support from ExxonMobil and other partners.
“The Boys Scouts of America is leading a community-wide initiative to support our schools at a time when the need is greater than ever, and we’re privileged to support such an important effort,” said T.J. Wojnar, Jr., STEM Scouts Chairman and President of ExxonMobil Research & Engineering.
There’s also a STEM mobile lab that travels around to pilot test schools and Boy Scout chapters around the country. Schools can sign up to have the lab come for a visit. Information about the mobile lab can be found at: stemscouts.org/stem-mobile-lab/
For more information about the program, how to sign up and the schools and locations around Houston visit www.stemscouts.org/houston/ or you can call 713-756-3372.