Boy Scouts Of America Launches Co-Ed “STEM Scouts” Program.The Marshfield (WI) News Herald (10/7, Welter) reports the Boy Scouts of America has launched a new program called STEM Scouts, which will offer boys and girls an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in STEM fields by working laboratories, conducting scientific experiments, and working with local STEM professionals. The program is being piloted in 12 councils across the US.
US Army, Hispanic Heritage Foundation Host Event In Houston To Expose Hispanic Students To STEM Careers.The Houston Chronicle (10/8, Rahman) reports the US Army and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation co-hosted an all-day symposium on STEM career opportunities at the University of Houston. STEM professionals, including Army personnel, participated in a panel discussion and workshops to expose local students to different pathways to STEM careers including military service. Similar events will be held at cities across the country, but Houston was the first stop on the tour where the majority of students are Hispanic, but a relatively small portion of them pursue STEM education or careers after high school.
Department Of Defense Gives $1 Million STEM Education Grant To Mississippi School District.The Biloxi (MS) Sun Herald (10/8) reports the Department of Defense Education Activity has awarded a $1 million five-year grant to Biloxi School District in Mississippi to improve STEM education and support military families. The grant aims to help children in military families close learning gaps that can develop from changing schools frequently.