STEM Advancement Inc, dba Mississippi Robotics (MR), dba Mississippi STEM Academy was founded by Mr Ray Holt. Ray moved to Mississippi in 2010 to investigate the possibility of teaching rural students engineering and math. He soon added robotics. He has taught over 1000 students from 2nd to 12th grades as well as coached several teams in engineering and robotics competitions placing 1st and 2nd in several State level competitions as well as a top-ranked rookie team in International robotics competition. Ray has strong experience in computer design and manufacturing, computer science, and education. He has a BS degree in Electronic Engineering, an MS in Computer Science, and an MA in Education. He currently holds a license to teach secondary math in Mississippi. He is also a certified ROBOTC language instructor. The University of Mississippi engineering college has certified Ray to teach their Introduction to Engineering class to high school students for college credit. Ray also has 25 years’ experience organizing and running a youth sports league that served a total of over 10,000 participants in three sports year-round. Ray holds the distinction of being designer of the first microchip computer, the first electronic pin ball game, directed the engineering of an academy awarded special-effects product, produced a single-card computer used in the US Navy’s first two robots, as well as being a pioneer in the small computer publishing market. http://FirstMicroprocessor.com . He has held positions such as VP Engineering of a Honeywell division, Director of Information Systems and Customer Service, and Director of Engineering and Operations/Manufacturing. He has founded three non-profits and two profit businesses. He has authored / published over 14 technical papers and reports. “Robotics: Does it motivate rural students to go to college” is one of his recent papers since serving in rural Mississippi. His autobiography, The Accidental Engineer, on the World’s First Microprocessor is available here. Ray was recently featured in the global WIRED magazine.
Mississippi STEM Academy is engaged in creating and providing a common curriculum for enhanced outside-of-school training in the physical and life sciences for rural and inner city students across Mississippi. Mississippi STEM Academy also has on-line training for K-12th. All our training centers around hands-on engineering, science, and robotics courses. Mississippi Robotics identifies a local ministry or educational entity that is already working with 2nd – 12th grade students and assists them in organizing for the Mississippi STEM Academy curriculum. Mississippi STEM Academy trains staff and teachers as well as teach courses. Mississippi Robotics organizes competitions, camps and conferences to encourage and motivate students and teachers in the STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
STEM Advancement Inc Goals
1) to produce motivated students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) areas,
2) to encourage students to stay in high school,
3) to encourage students to increase their math skills,
4) to give students opportunity to create, document, and present their ideas,
5) to give students engineering-related knowledge and skills by working with hands-on projects,
6) to help prepare and encourage students to attend college,
7) to help students become aware of science, technology and engineering careers.
We encourage students to learn, study, and go into any college and career field that interests them. A broad base of practical applications in science, engineering and math is the basis for most career fields today. Robotics, Mechatronics, and automation control provides real-world applications for learning employable skills.
“We are motivated by the needs of the children in the rural areas who do not have advantages others enjoy. It is our belief every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her God given potential in all areas of life.“