Fast Company Features BSA’s Approach to STEM Learning

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-10-09-19-am-copySTEM Scouts is making waves in the STEM education community (science, technology, engineering, and math), and according to a recent article in Fast Company magazine, the BSA pilot program is making a big difference in the lives of students, parents, and educators alike.

Fast Company’s Cale Guthrie Weissman explains the STEM journey of a father and son duo, who upon joining STEM Scouts, found a new way to bond, learn, and have fun together.

The STEM Scouts pilot program teaches STEM subjects through engaging, hands-on activities, all while teaching character and leadership development. The goal of the STEM Scouts program is to “replicate in the lab environment the things that had been proven and tried in the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs,” Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh told Weissman.

The story also gives a unique perspective on STEM learning though the eyes of Texas educator Deborah Vasquez.

The STEM Scouts program is a key way to engage children “who aren’t really motivated during the regular school day but have a lot of potential,” Vasquez shared with Fast Company.

Learn more about how STEM Scouts is changing the way students approach STEM topics by reading the original story from Fast Company.

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Rochelle Randles is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys sharing incredible adventure stories within the Scouting community and beyond. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at