STEM X Chair
President, Burlington Chemical Company
"Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – that's STEM. Maybe you're involved in a hobby or a club actively exploring a STEM area and you already know you want to do something in this area for a career. Or, maybe you can barely remain conscious during a math or science class at school and can't imagine anything more boring than doing a STEM-related job for the rest of you life. Here's something interesting - whether you love STEM or not, your career is going to involve STEM, and, even more so, your life.
Check out this recent research by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - http://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm
Two things I want you to notice from this research -
- 15 of the 20 fastest growing careers in the next decade are STEM-related, and
- the range of STEM careers is enormous – wind turbine service technicians, statisticians, cartographers and photogrammetrists, forensic science technicians, genetic counselors
The United States is projected to have a big shortage of people trained to handle these STEM careers and STEM careers that will be 'invented' in the next decade.
So, how do you decide what you want to do for a career that will be satisfying and even fun? And, how do you learn what do you need to do to be prepared for that career?
Here's how. This summer, you spend the week of July 30 to August 4 with STEM professionals – engineers, physicians, architects, professors. You learn about what these professionals do, you work alongside them to try out their career area, you meet with educational representatives to find out what training you'll need to do the career to think you might want someday. And, you'll do all this with other high school aged students.
Hey, it's the summer, so don't worry about being in a classroom. This is an active week. A 'hands on' week. Plus, you'll go see some places related to your areas of interest and you'll get to do some other camp activities like shooting and swimming.
If you want to leave after a fun week with a lot of new friends and some ideas of what you might want to do for a career, then join us at STEMx. A very talented group of STEM professionals are waiting for you."
STEM X Director
Director of Camping and STEM Programs, Old North State Council
"Welcome to STEM X! My name is Colin and I am so excited about this amazing opportunity for our young men and women who are excited about science, technology, engineering, and math! Our team has worked hard to make sure this experience is second to none and like no other experience they've had before! As you explore the website, remember that our goal is to make sure the participants have a blast, learn new things, gain or grow an appreciation for science, technology, engineering, and math, and make some new friends. While some merit badge work might be completed, Scouts should come with fun as their mission, not advancement.
I'm looking forward to a great week with all of you. Don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions! We'll see you there!"
STEM X is a program operated by the Old North State Council, Boy Scouts of America. The council headquarters is in Greensboro, NC and the program is located at:
3296 Boy Scout Camp Rd.
Yanceyville, NC 27379
People Are Saying
"It was an awesome learning experience!"