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.
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.
2013 Trent Nichols and April McMillan join the program as National Directors of STEM Programs.
Fall 2013 The STEM Scouts pilot program launches in East Tennessee.
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.
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.
Winter 2014 STEM Scouts reach the goal of 300 youth participants in the Knoxville area.
February 2015 The Boy Scouts executive board votes to expand the pilot beyond the Great Smoky Mountain Council.
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.
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