Here at ORB, we think engineering is exciting! Developing a new design or solving a structural issue offers complex challenges that our engineers love to face head on. Naturally, we want others to love engineering as much as we do. That’s why we are so excited that there are so many organizations that offer special programs and encourage children do dive into the STEM fields and experience hands on engineering.
For example, the Girl Scouts offer New STEM Journeys and Badges like “Think Like an Engineer”. Girls discover how to think like an engineer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project. They also have a badge for Robotics where girls design their own robots after learning how they’re built and programmed. “Unplugged” activities allow girls to earn badges without buying kits. These are fun activities that provide real experience in being an engineer. Whether it’s designing your first robot or your first truss, engineering is a fun challenge to get the brain working.
The Boy Scouts even have a special program, called the Nova Awards, to encourage students to participate in STEM related projects. STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts have taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of the members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. To support this initiative, they have the Nova Awards program so that members have fun and receive awards for their efforts. Engineering, space exploration, and any STEM-related interest reveals the beauty and power of the world we inhabit. The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in the Scouts.
If you really want to dive into the stem fields, check out STEM Scouts. They focus purely on STEM programs and get kids of all ages involved in using experiential activities and interaction with STEM professionals. The goal of the STEM Scouts program is to help young people grow in character and skills as they explore their curiosity about STEM fields. While the program focuses on future careers in STEM, it is ultimately designed to be challenging, thought-provoking and, most importantly, fun.
We applaud these organizations for helping to spread the love of engineering on to the next generation. Who knows, once you graduate from STEM Scouts, stop by ORB and we might just have some internships available…
More to come soon.