by STEM Scouts
By April McMillan and Trent Nichols
Ben Frankin once said, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” That certainly rings true as we work to educate today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders. To provide fun and comprehensive learning opportunities for our STEM Scouts, we need parents, grandparents, youth group leaders, STEM professionals, retirees, educators, neighbors, college students—and anyone else interested in working with children—to consider being a volunteer.
The STEM Scouts program relies on interested community members like you to serve as Lab leaders and STEP (short-term, experience professionals) volunteers. The program is designed to be hands-on and focused on the needs of the students, so community involvement is key to its success.
It’s also a great way get to know some terrific students, spend time with your child, or help make a difference in someone’s life—today and tomorrow.
The curriculum for each Lab is created by educators and STEM professionals and designed to be easy to use. If you can follow a recipe book, you can lead a Lab. We need STEP volunteers to help Lab leaders keep things interesting.
Opportunities for Involvement:
• Become a Lab leader: Each Lab must have two leaders for every 15 students. For the middle and high school levels, one of these leaders should have STEM experience.
• Be a STEP Volunteer: STEP volunteers can participate as much or as little as time allows. Help throughout an entire 4- or 6-week module, do a presentation at a meeting, host a field trip, or assist a Lab leader on certain modules.
• Charter a Lab unit: STEM Scouts relies on chartered organizations to sponsor Lab units. Charter organizations can include businesses, professional organizations, parent-teacher organizations, homeschool networks, and any other group that wants to help provide a Lab for students.
For more information on any of these opportunities, please go to www.STEMScouts.org. You can also reach a STEM Scouts staff person at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-588-6514.