There is a new wave in scouting that is revolutionizing the term, “hacker”, and laying the groundwork for a future generation of engineers. It’s called Hacker Scouts, and a brand new troop just launched in the St. Louis area.
What is Hacker Scouts? Perhaps the term “hacker” conjures up images of a seedy criminal getting in through the back door of your online banking to steal information or credit card numbers. If this dark side of hacking is the only connection you’ve encountered, it’s time to become acquainted with the brighter side of what hackers are all about.
According to The New Hacker’s Dictionary, a hacker is:
A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.
It goes on to define a hacker as:
One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.
An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example.
Simply put, hacking is exploring potential – both the potential of technology and computers, as well as the potential of the student and friends. Hacker Scouts tap into this desire to go deeper in exploring and inventing to transform students into innovators of technology who use their skills and hands-on knowledge to change the world around them. Without individuals, who not only understand how to use technology, but how to invent it, modern-day business and advancements are impossible.
Hacker Scouts St. Louis Guild #010 opened its doors in May, 2013. Their purpose is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, known as STEAM education, in young people.
Local members between the ages of 8 to 18 are invited to participate in this new, next generation of scouting. In Hacker Scouts, they will build valuable skills that include:
- Circuit and hardware science and function
- Soldering LEDs
- Sewing design
- Laser cutting
- And beyond the sky’s limit of potential areas of learning
The St. Louis Guild meets on Tuesday nights at a location in St. Peters, which they call uControl. Meetings are directed by local area mentors who guide them through acquiring skills. Their ultimate goal is to become the local resource of STEAM education for young people in the community.
Currently, scouts pay $50 to join, and then $20 per month. Expect additional costs for a start up kit fee and for equipment and kits as you continue to learn. Hacker Scouts do provide fundraising opportunities.
There’s more you need to know about this up-and-coming organization. Click through the list at the end of this article to discover six things you need to know about Hacker Scouts.
Visit hacker-scouts.org to get all your questions answered about this innovative form of scouting. Learn more about the St. Louis Hacker Scouts Guild #010 by visiting stlhackerscouts.org and joining their open Facebook group. Contact St. Louis Hacker Scouts for information about joining at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEAM Education Skills – STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Hacker Scouts tap into learning that keeps STEAM at its core.
Communication – While some learning and exploring is done on an individual basis, or through use of technology and video, the projects get done when the guild of Hacker Scouts come together and discuss problems and possible solutions. Learn how to effectively communicate with peers and mentors to work through projects.
Critical Thinking – Receive instruction and learn how to work through hands-on problems to find a workable solution. These critical thinking skills are not just desired, but of vital necessity to acquire for thriving in day-to-day real-life situations.
Creativity, Resourcefulness, Initiative, and Confidence Building – Hacker Scouts provides an environment where members are free to invent and share their creativity in a variety of outlets. Using this resourceful exploration builds confidence, which in turn, lays the groundwork for future leaders.
Socialization – Kids who are interested in computers and technology often feel far more comfortable in front of a computer chip than face-to-face in a conversation. Hacker Scouts allows an opportunity for kids to meet friends with similar interests.
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Hacker Scouts is the new wave in scouting. It mixes technology, innovation, creativity, communication, science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics to launch the next generation of innovators.