I am working hard evenings and weekends, after teaching seven different engineering courses at Freeport High School, to make Baxter Academy a reality.
Why? Because students in southern Maine need a school where they can take rigorous, concentrated courses in science, technology, engineering and math -- STEM subjects.
They need to work on real-world, open-ended problems and projects.
They need to learn the design process and project management, how to work together in teams, how to do error analysis, accept and learn from failure.
They need to be taught the skills they will need to survive and succeed in today's tough job market and excel in challenging, highly competitive college courses.
How do I know this? I am a mechanical engineer with a certificate in boat design from The Landing School in Kennebunk and a master's degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.