Robert Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org), founder of the Excalibur Solutions STEM Academy, is a former mathematics teacher who has also worked as a hardware technician, an IT director, a trainer, a programmer, a software tester, a technical writer, and a business owner. Additionally, he has presented at numerous software development and testing conferences and has had multiple articles published on these subjects. His unique blend of skills in education, technology, and business allows him to communicate effectively with people with diverse backgrounds. He is able to relate to each of them as an individual and to capitalize on each person’s specific goals and desired outcomes. The Excalibur Solutions STEM Academy takes this same approach and strives to cater its offerings to each of its participants.
In 2019, he noticed that as his own children were exploring colleges, neither was particularly interested in pursuing STEM degrees or career opportunities. He realized that this might be because the schools they attended did not offer robust STEM education programs. Through his work as a business partner with other local schools, he became aware that access to STEM education varies widely and is largely dependent on which school a student attends, whether by choice or district boundaries. This inconsistency leads to some students having a competitive advantage when applying to college and for the jobs of the future simply as a result of where they go to school.
The goal of the Excalibur Solutions STEM Academy is to deliver a high-quality STEM education program that helps to better prepare students for future paths in STEM fields. We want to expose students to the myriad opportunities that are available through STEM, help each to determine his or her own level of interest, and guide them as they develop the confidence necessary to take the next steps.