STEM X is a brand new experience for high school students that will throw them right in the middle of some of the most exciting STEM activities you can imagine! STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is an initiative that emphasizes the importance of exposure, experience, and education in these core fields that will help to fill the skill gap in our future workforce. STEM X is a week-long overnight program that will be held at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina this summer, July 31 through August 5.
Over 35 professionals and experts in various STEM fields are meeting continuously to plan and design the program for each of the tracks offered at STEM X this summer. The Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering tracks are being designed by experts from Honda Jet, TAA Flight School, and the aviation school at Guilford Technical Community College. These tracks will include trips to PTI airport with experiences in $20,000,000+ flight simulators, weather balloons, and possibly even joining a pilot in a small plane to experience flight! Seven architects from several different specialties are designing the Architectonics track which will get the participants not only designing structures at STEM X but also taking trips to buildings under construction and the Architectural Design department at N.C. State University. The Forest Ecology track is being designed by certified foresters and college professors and will include interactive exposure to the Model Forest and Tree Farm at Cherokee Scout Reservation. All of these experts have dedicated their time to this program because they understand the need for exciting exposure to these STEM fields for the future generations of citizens. More information about these and the other program tracks can be found at BSA STEM X – Program Tracks.
Another exciting bit of news is that the Director of Photography for Boy’s Life magazine and Scouting magazine (the BSA’s national publications reaching millions of households) is planning to spend the entire week at STEM X to feature the program in upcoming issues. Perhaps it’s the high standard of excellence the program is being held to that has garnered this kind of attention. Or perhaps it’s the fact that this is the first program of its kind in the Boy Scouts of America. Regardless of the reason, this program promises to be an exciting addition to the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina and the Boy Scouts of America.
Registration is not limited to members of the Old North State Council and is open to any young man or woman who is a rising 9th grader up to 20 years old. To find out more details and register for the program, visit www.bsastemx.org. Spaces are filling up fast so register now to be a part of this awesome program!