"WOMAN OF EXEMPLARY DISTINCTION" Removing barriers to STEM Dr. Valerie Bennett, Founder of STEM Compass, Inc., is helping children by granting them access to STEM careers. She is not talking the talk, she is walking the walk.
BigNews.Biz - Dec 29,2016 - Atlanta, GA, December 28, 2016 - As we prepare to turn the page on 2016, it is with high hopes and great expectations that we welcome 2017. In so doing, we would like to pause and recognize our 2016 trailblazer, Dr. Valerie Bennett, Founder, STEM Compass, Inc. (www.stemcompassinc,org), a registered 501c3 non-profit organization with the IRS, as 2016’s, “Woman of Exemplary Distinction”.
Under the STEM Compass Inc., banner, Dr. Bennett has been successful in galvanizing youth Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, (STEM), navigators for underrepresented groups providing them with transformative educational experiences that inspire and empower them to be innovators, leaders in technology, and problem solvers of tomorrow’s STEM challenges. She has been supported by Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, Florida A&M, ecumenical, political and business organizations.
Dr. Valerie Bennett is an Atlanta native and holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She taught Engineering and Physics at Morehouse College. She also taught Physics at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and was one of the two founding Coaches of the Robotics Program. Under her leadership as Head Coach of the award-winning High School Robotics Team, they have won several Regional Competitions and has been recognized Internationally. Dr. Bennett brought her corporate experience from Manhattan Associates to Morehouse College to teach Engineering and Physics as part of the Dual Degree Engineering Program.
To expose student to the excitement and importance of STEM in addition to creating STEM Compass, Inc., she served on the Georgia FIRST Robotics Regional Committee, worked as the Physics Research Coordinator for the TRIO Program, part of the Upward Bound Initiative, and for her commitment, she has been awarded the Innovative Teacher award by the Georgia Independent Schools Association. She has been a Research Coordinator for the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and helps with programs like the Atlanta Cares Mentoring Organization, of which she is an Advisory Board Member, established by Susan Taylor, former editor of Essence Magazine. “I would like to work with Mayor Reed and Governor Deal to make the STEM Compass, Inc. more robust in the coming year”.
“Further, through cooperative opportunities with the US Dept. of Energy, Silicon Valley tech companies, international corporations and an understanding by elected officials, I’m confident that the incoming Trump Administration will see tremendous value in continuing to promote STEM and there will be new sources of funding for us to expand upon our program for our future depends on it”. We will also see the release of Dr. Bennett’s books on academic success and biblical and robotics curriculum. Dr. Bennett is a very active member of her church, Temple of Faith COGIC where she has been a member for over 20 years. She has coordinated Vacation Bible School, works with the Minister’s Wives, ran a tutorial program, co-organized a Job Fair, and started a Health and Wellness Program. She formed the Robotics Ministry as part of the Scholastic Motivation Ministries and in 2014, she and