Sokhom Kith is a Cambodian-American, who settled in the US as a refugee in 1980 in Arlington, Virginia having escaped from the Khmer Rouge regime when he was 17 years old. He graduated valedictorian of his class at Wakefield high school, and later went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. He is a Senior Electronics Engineer at the US Naval Research Laboratory.
Sokhom volunteers as a mentor and coach with the VEX Robotics Teams, and all Kindergarten (K) through 12 robotic programs of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), FIRST LEGO League (FLL), and Junior FLL. In scouting, he serves as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Coordinator for the Patriot District and a member of the STEM Committee at the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Sokhom is an affiliated member of the Sigma Xi, the International Scientific Research Honor Society, mentoring a new class of K-12 membership, Sigma Xi Explorers.
Sokhom is married, lives in Fairfax Virginia, and a proud parent of three boys, Camerin (Eagle Scout), Zackiri (Life Scout), and Jareth (Cub Scout).
Link to Presentation: The Importance of STEM education
Abstract: Today, with rapid technological changes and complexities of our global market, we must cultivate new scientific discoveries, stimulate innovations, foster critical thinking and embrace challenges. STEM education is essential for our society to evolve and find ways to work together for sustainability and the well-being of humanity. Experts and scholars agree that a nation’s STEM workforce is a key indication of a country’s economic growth and viability over time. Students who are interested in STEM are creative, critical thinkers, and collaborative while taking on problem solving of every day challenges. When STEM is introduced at an early age, students tend to take on interest in science and math in higher education and pursue their careers in STEM related jobs.