The Pilot Program Timeline

The STEM Scouts pilot program recently expanded from the initial pilot in East Tennessee to 12 additional councils across the U.S. Here's a look at how STEM Scouts began with an idea and grew into an exciting national program.

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August 2012 Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock holds a retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains to share his idea with Trent Nichols, April McMillan, BSA senior innovation specialist David Roberts, Paul Sharp, Don Sheppard, Larry Brown and others.

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2013 Trent Nichols and April McMillan join the program as National Directors of STEM Programs.

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Fall 2013 The STEM Scouts pilot program launches in East Tennessee.

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April 2014 Clayton Bradley Academy in Maryville, TN, starts the very first elementary STEM Scouts Lab. They follow up with a middle school Lab at a later date.

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May 2014 Oak Ridge High School becomes the first high school Lab. Knoxville Jewish Day School and Robertsville Middle School become the first middle school Labs.

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Winter 2014 STEM Scouts reach the goal of 300 youth participants in the Knoxville area.

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February 2015 The Boy Scouts executive board votes to expand the pilot beyond the Great Smoky Mountain Council.

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March 2015 12 new councils are selected for the new pilot expansion: Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, East Hartford, CT, Houston, TX, Indianapolis, IN, Nashville, TN, St. Louis, MO, Tucson, AZ, Westampton, NJ, Weston, WI.

Join the Movement

Whether you're interested in becoming a STEM Scout, a volunteer, a Lab Manager or a host, we have a place for you. Learn more about open labs in your area.

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Become a Part of History

The Scout Council provides all of the training volunteers need to oversee a successful STEM Lab. Leaders don’t need all the answers, just an enthusiasm for working with curious young minds. Trained leaders and STEP (Short-Term, Experienced Professionals) volunteers work to create a positive, hands-on STEM experience. 

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