STEM iNoVaTe Lab

A STEM U “iNoVaTe” lab not only connects participants to science, technology,
engineering and math, but it aligns scholars with STEM industries and pathways.


A STEM U “iNoVaTe” lab not only connects participants to science, technology, engineering and math, but it aligns scholars with STEM industries and pathways. Current implemented pathways Jasper County School District.





STEM U CyberFocus prepares participants for the Cybersecurity Career Pathway. The centerpiece of the pathway allows participants to focus on four area certificates; ITFundamentals, A+, Net+, Security+. CyberFocus establishes the foundational knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity and STEM jobs.

Our program is based on a simulated and hands-on curriculum. Posing with participants with performance-based questions, allows for emphasizes on hands-on practical skills used by current IT professionals.



In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of information security jobs will increase 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, making it one of the fastest-growing fields. Jobs requiring cybersecurity skills continue to grow rapidly, with more than 313,000 cybersecurity job openings, according to Cyberseek.

Once a specialty only associated with government agencies and defense contractors, cyber security has now entered the mainstream. Industries such as health care, finance, manufacturing and retail all hire cyber security professionals to protect valuable information from cyber breaches.
The demand for specialists in the field is high.



  • Cybersecurity Specialist / Technician
  • Average Salary $75,000
  • Total Job Openings 7,792



  • Information Security Specialist
  • IT Specialist Information Security
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Information Technology Specialist  Information Security
  • IT Security Specialist


  • Associate Degree 15%
  • Bachelor Degree 58%
  • Graduate Degree 27%



What Is Engineering? Encompassing a variety of specialties, engineering is a growing industry that offers competitive pay as well as new opportunities to develop and work with various technologies. Engineers use science, critical thinking, and mathematics to develop new ideas, products, and technologies, often to make life simpler or more efficient. Engineers will often specialize in one field, such as electrical, aerospace, mechanical, or civil engineering.



Computer engineering is the branch of engineering that integrates electronic engineering with computer sciences. Computer engineers design and develop computer systems and other technological devices. Computer engineers create the physical components of information systems, which range from chips and circuits to servers and supercomputers. To enter their profession, computer engineers need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, although an electrical engineering major is also acceptable. The reward for four years of college effort is a six-figure salary.



Computer Engineering will require advanced degrees in computer programming, information technology, digital systems, or similar disciplines. Software developers need a range of skills, and electronics engineers need hands-on experience in building safe and effective physical systems. Software development and computer hardware are at the forefront of changing history, so building your skills puts you at an advantage to break into this lucrative field.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job is expected to grow steadily and continue to pay salaries well above six figures. As software systems get more complex, it’s up to electrical and computer engineering to solve discrepancy and innovate solutions to real-world problems. Whether you’re an engineering major now or are a self-taught software engineer, build your skills and get experience to ignite your career in computer engineering.


Object Oriented Programming introduces students to the object-oriented design programming techniques, including different programming languages, data manipulation. Data communication and networking introduces students to the fundamentals of data communications, networking, and the Internet.






Drone engineers develop drones based on their knowledge of different branches of engineering, such as aeronautical, electronics and electrical, mechanical, and robotics engineering. Also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones may be used for commercial,
consumer, or combat purposes. For example, they may be used for surveying damage after natural disasters like hurricanes and floods, gathering military intelligence, surveying land for real estate and construction purposes, and collecting information on crops and endangered

Many mechanical engineers are involved in the design and manufacturing of drones. Their work involves reading and interpreting blueprints; researching, designing, and operating drones and drone systems, equipment, and processes. There were 285,790 mechanical engineers employed
in the United States in May 2016, according to the Department of Labor.



Drone engineers plan and design unmanned aircraft systems for various industries beyond military services. They work for government agencies, construction companies, engineering companies, manufacturers, research groups, agriculture, computer science groups, and more. They read blueprints, technical drawings, and schematics, and research
and design machinery, equipment, and operating systems for unmanned aircraft. They work independently and also as part of a team, conferring frequently with other engineers and project members to gather technical information, discuss engineering designs, and troubleshoot any design and operational problems as they arise.

Drone engineers use computers and computer software programs to plan and design drones. They use analytical or scientific software, computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, design environment software, and graphics or photo imaging software. They develop methods of and protocols for testing and documenting drone systems and operations. The job also entails documenting the progress of their work, keeping project schedules, and creating budgets and reporting on costs.

The daily work activities involve reading technical documents so that work can be planned, designing drone systems or equipment according to project specifications, and evaluating the characteristics of the drones. Drone engineers are in frequent contact with their supervisors, team members, and clients, via e-mail, telephone, and in-person meetings, keeping everyone up to date on the status of the work and discussing and resolving any issues that may present themselves.



  • Drone Engineer
  • Salary Range
  • $50,000 to $100,000+
  • Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Certification/License





Computer Science is the study of computers and computational systems. Unlike electrical and computer engineers, computer scientists deal mostly with software and software systems; this includes their theory, design, development, and application. Principal areas of study
within Computer Science include artificial intelligence, computer systems and networks, security, database systems, human computer interaction, vision and graphics, numerical analysis, programming languages, software engineering, bioinformatics and theory of computing.

Although knowing how to program is essential to the study of computer science, it is only one element of the field. Computer scientists design and analyze algorithms to solve programs and study the performance of computer hardware and software. The problems that computer scientists encounter range from the abstract– determining what problems can be solved with computers and the complexity of the algorithms that solve them – to the tangible – designing applications that perform well on handheld devices, that are easy to use, and that uphold security measures.



Full Stack Web Developer

A full stack web developer is well-versed in both front- and back-end web development. Using knowledge of how to build applications from start to finish, a full stack developer can plan, manage, and build software. If you like to learn about new concepts and technologies, this could be an excellent career path for you. Job openings for web developers are estimated to grow 13% by 2026, which is faster than the average rate for every other occupation.

Average U.S. Salary: $88,488


Mobile Application Developer

As smartphone technology continues to evolve, the need for skilled mobile app developers will grow 19% between now and 2024. In this role, you’ll create application software for different operating systems such as iOS, Windows, and Android. You’ll need experience using programming languages like Java, C++, C, and Python, among others. As a mobile application developer, you’ll flex your creativity as you work with product and design teams to understand
user needs and create technical solutions.

Average U.S. Salary: $90,947


Software Engineer

A software engineer writes code that allows computer applications to run smoothly and execute functions properly. In this role, you are responsible for testing and debugging applications as you work closely with cross-functional partners. You should know and understand programming languages like C++, Python, or Ruby, to name a few. While the requirements for software engineering jobs vary from role to role, there are certain skills that every developer needs. The right Computer Science degree can get you prepared to apply.

Average U.S. Salary: $104,463


Systems Architect

A systems architect is someone who develops and maintains computer systems and networks. In this role you will conceptualize, plan, and design technology solutions that meet your organization’s IT architecture needs. It’s important for Systems Architecture to have detailed knowledge of software engineering techniques, as they work closely with developers.

Average U.S. Salary: $108,450


Machine Learning Engineer

Now is a great time to pursue a career as a Machine Learning (ML) engineer. The number of available ML jobs increases every year, and engineers with a solid Machine Learning skill set are in high-demand in many industries. As a Machine Learning Engineer, it will be your job to build and deploy ML systems that can automatically learn and improve independently.

This is an incredibly innovative role in which you’ll build new technologies that help push the field forward. A Machine Learning expert should be well versed in data structures and algorithms, how to build neural networks and structure machine learning projects, and probabilistic graphical models.A Computer Science degree will set you up for success and give you the foundational coding skills that are crucial for success.

Average U.S. Salary: $120,931


Data Engineer

In this role, you’ll develop and maintain large and complex databases as well as large-scale data processing systems. As a key member of analytics or engineering teams, a data engineer must be comfortable working collaboratively. This role requires comprehensive knowledge of query and database skills.

Average U.S. Salary: $137, 776






Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a transformative approach to industrial production that enables the creation of lighter, stronger parts and systems. It is yet another technological advancement made possible by the transition from analog to digital processes. In recent decades, communications, imaging, architecture and engineering have all undergone their own digital revolutions. Now, AM can bring digital flexibility and efficiency to manufacturing operations.

Additive manufacturing uses data computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners to direct hardware to deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes. As its name implies, additive manufacturing adds material to create an object. By contrast, when
you create an object by traditional means, it is often necessary to remove material through milling, machining, carving, shaping or other means.

Although the terms “3D printing” and “rapid prototyping” are casually used to discuss additive manufacturing, each process is actually a subset of additive manufacturing. While additive manufacturing seems new to many, it has actually been around for several decades.
As a result, opportunities abound for those who actively embrace additive manufacturing.




Engineer I – Additive Manufacturing

HRL Laboratories, LLC – Malibu, CA 3.5

Assist in research and development of additive manufacturing technologies. Knowledge of standard protocols for multi-step additive manufacturing is highly…

Estimated: $70,000 – $94,000 a year


Lead Software Engineer – Design tools for additive manufacturing
OPT Industries – Cambridge, MA 

Lead Software Engineer – Design tools for additive manufacturing*. OPT Industries
is a recent MIT spinoff company that focuses on building the next generation…

Estimated: $77,000 – $110,000 a year


Formulator Nutraceutical

ProCaps Laboratories – Henderson, NV 3.6

Assist Production to resolve raw material issues in manufacturing. Verify formulas documented in manufacturing software system with Formulation Sheet.

Estimated: $46,000 – $63,000 a year


Additive Manufacturing Mechanical Engineer

Renaissance Services – Fairborn, OH 

Crates process documentation and review with team to ensure repeatability of the Additive Manufacture production process. Must be a US Citizens.

$40,000 – $60,000 a year


Principal Process Scientist

Evolve Additive Solutions – Minnetonka, MN 

Evolve Additive Solutions is creating the future of plastics manufacturing with Selective
Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP) technology- the…

Estimated: $75,000 – $110,000 a year

Senior Design Engineer – 3D Printer Development / Additive Manufacturing

Gearbox 3D LLC – Grand Rapids, MI 

Understanding of design for manufacturing and manufacturing methods.Responsible for key projects within the 3D printer design engineering team including…

Estimated: $65,000 – $97,000 a year


Manufacturing Engineer

Incodema3D, LLC – Freeville, NY 

Manufacturing Engineer – Metal Additive Manufacturing*. Experience with additive manufacturing and aerospace manufacturing is preferred..

Estimated: $63,000 – $81,000 a year


Additive Manufacturing

CCAM – Disputanta, VA 

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing is looking for interns who
are intrigued by its mission and who desire to make contributions to programs and…

Estimated: $61,000 – $85,000 a year


Metals Additive Manufacturing

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 4.0

Additive manufacturing of metallic materials; 3D Printing, known as Additive Manufacturing (AM), is transforming the manufacturing industry.

Estimated: $57,000 – $72,000 a year


Additive Manufacturing Engineer


Experience in polymers and polymer additive manufacturing. Assessing non-destructive indication additive manufacturing results and providing recommended…

Estimated: $68,000 – $95,000 a year