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Motlow's Billy Hix travels the country to spread STEM Outreach message

April 16, 2015

Billy Hix, director of the Motlow College Foundation STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Outreach program recently spoke to over 3,500 individuals across the United States regarding the importance of STEM.

Billy Hix, director of the Motlow College Foundation STEM Outreach program, gives a keynote presentation about the importance of STEM programs at the 2015 Los Angeles STEM conference. Hix will retire as associate professor of education in May to devote his full attention to spreading the STEM message. Photo provided.
Hix's journey began in Boston where he was the keynote speaker at the National Association of Community College Teacher Educational Programs national conference. He then traveled back to Tennessee to be the keynote speaker to K-12 school administrators at the Tennessee Educational Technology Association annual conference. Finally, Hix flew to California to be the keynote speaker at the Los Angeles STEM and Pi Day conference.

"I am honored that so many organizations want to learn more about my approach to STEM outreach," said Hix. "With all the negative press that teachers receive, they need to hear about how so many of our American heroes from the space program tell stories about how a teacher helped them achieve success."

Hix is retiring from Motlow as an associate professor of education but will continue to work with the Motlow College Foundation through the STEM Outreach program. Hix has been involved with Motlow's STEM program since 1986 and has made hundreds of school visits to over 12,000 students.

"I hope someday that some young people will comment, 'do you remember when that old guy Billy Hix came to see us. I hated science until I met him,'" said Hix. "I don't want retirement to be the end. I want my legacy to be that young people have a brighter future because of the work that I do."