STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The United States has become a global leader in large part because of the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Today, that position is threatened because not enough American students pursue careers in STEM fields and because there is an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects in our public education system.
The U.S. Department of Labor expects that there will be 1.2 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018, but there won’t be enough qualified graduates to fill them. According to the US Department of Education, “Only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career.” (https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/2011/09/what-does-stem-stand-for)
Many people would agree that STEM is the key to innovation and job creation in the United States and therefore the one key element in our survival as a key leader in innovation. This class will provide STEM resources and suggestions for teaching STEM subjects at home. (http://www.ed.gov/stem)
Joel Phillips is the former head of the Electronics Engineering Technology department at Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated magna cum laude, receiving a B.S. in Education from Athens State University, Athens, Alabama. Upon completing his AAS degree at Southwest State Technical College in Mobile in 1979, he enjoyed almost ten years working as an electronics technician on a wide variety of electronic equipment and he was involved in contract work for Bell South (now AT&T).
In 2006, Mr. Phillips launched Quick Study Labs, a website dedicated to the task of introducing homeschool kids to the wonders of science, math, and physics through a hands-on study of electronics. Joel is a former Certified Electronics Technician, and he is a NCCER (National Center for Construction and Education Research) certified instructor. Teaching electronics is his passion! In addition to teaching online and on campus, he enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and almost anything outdoors. Recently retired from college teaching, he now intends to focus all his energy on expanding his ministry to homeschool children through his website.