Who said STEM doesn’t get kids outside?
Scouters know, any chance to head outdoors is an opportunity for Scouts to witness science in action. The STEM Scouts pilot program, Venturing, and Boy Scouts are packed with emerging science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals. And Scouting gives these young adults the chance to explore outdoors and put their STEM knowledge to the test.
That’s why high school age Scouts from across the country headed to the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve as part of the STEM Scouts program.
With a reputation among Scouts and Scouters as a High-Adventure Base packed with epic zip lines and outdoor excitement, the site challenged the STEM Scouts to consider the real-world applications of what they’re learning about technology and engineering.
“It definitely shows the applications of what we are learning in classes. It shows us that we can learn even more by experiencing it,” STEM Scout Joseph Keener told Knoxville’s ABC 6.
Check out the full story in the video below and read on after the jump to learn more about how these Scouts’ experiences at the Summit play into your unit’s activities strategy.
As you saw in the report above, these Scouts explored the science behind extreme sports and adventure activities. They discussed the ethics of engineering and the care that went into creating the sustainable High-Adventure base they explored – and they accomplished it all in the outdoors.
Sure, your unit can’t spend every meeting at the Summit, but the science that makes each campout, merit badge, and adventure sport possible is a great facet to integrate into your weekly Scouting activities.
Does your unit highlight STEM in its activities? If so, how? Have you ever ventured to the Summit and explored the science behind what makes the home of the Jamboree possible? Share with us and your fellow Scouters in the comments below.