Devin Canaday is a dynamic individual who has managed to excel in multiple facets of his career. For more than a decade, he worked as a professional engineer for a tier-1 defense contractor. This experience seamlessly couples with over 20 years of experience as an educator. During his tenure within defense, Devin designed, helped manufacture, and served as project manager for a range of hardware programs to support the development of world-leading and cutting-edge radar systems. He has been responsible for developing several “Company First” innovations, and been the recipient of such awards as the Black Engineer of the Year Award’s Modern Day Technology Leader.
LEADING THE WAY
The STEMpreneur is leading the way in how STEM is understood and delivered in the learning environment, both in school day and OST. Recently, The STEMpreneur was the recipient the Minority-Business Achievement Award and was a finalist for the US Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award.
Over the years, The STEMpreneur has supported educational efforts with institutions such as Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, the University of Virginia’s Equity Center outreach initiatives and College Board's Career Kickstart initiative. These programs explore the possibilities of STEM careers with students at the K12 and collegiate levels, as well working with teachers. The STEMpreneur has a strong track record of facilitating professional development workshops and trainings for teachers targeting both content mastery and classroom management. The TSP team is now working to expand effective pipeline programming across the state of Virginia for the upcoming school year.
TRACK RECORD OF LEADERSHIP
We are a team of STEM Professionals (Engineers, Tech Specialists, Chemists, etc.) with backgrounds in education, which sets us apart from the average.
With a strong passion for STEM education, The STEMpreneur (TSP) Team takes advantage of every opportunity to give back to the next generation through the exploration of the possibilities of STEM careers with students at the K12 and collegiate levels, as well working with teachers.
We are committed to building a passion for dreaming and applying creativity at all ages.
EQUITY IN LEARNING
Hands-on learning is crucial for several reasons like aiding in long term memory retention, making learning engaging and improving problem-solving skills. In an education context, providing hands-on learning opportunities ensures equitable learning outcomes by addressing the diverse learning needs and styles of the students. Equity in learning is required to ensure that all students, regardless of their background, have access to the same opportunities to learn. It helps to bridge the achievement gap and foster a diverse, inclusive, and supportive learning environment that benefits all students.
EQUITY IN STEM
Equity in learning refers to the fair and inclusive distribution of educational opportunities, resources, and support to all students regardless of their backgrounds, abilities, or identities. In the context of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and STEAM (STEM + arts) education, equity means ensuring that all students have access to high-quality STEM/STEAM education and are given the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required for success in these fields. Equity in STEM/STEAM is vital for creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce and for increasing innovation and economic growth.
CLOSING DISPARITIES IN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
To continue moving the needle on Equity in Education, The STEMpreneur partners with STEM Equity Initiative, a non-profit organization that works collaboratively with schools to deliver research and practitioner-based expertise to educators in STEM and CTE programs. The goal is to improve the learning environment and better meet the need of the diverse student populations in our schools today.