Scott NicholsScott Nichols is the Career Programs, STEM, and Computer Science Specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) where he serves at the State Consortium Director for Engineering by Design. In his position, Scott oversees K-12 Computer Science, Engineering Education, and Technology Education. Scott previously worked with the Baltimore County Public Schools as a STEM Chair where he was awarded the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Teacher Excellence Award, the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland (TEEAM) Award of Excellence, and both County Council and Governor Citations for Excellence in STEM Education. He has also served as a PLTW Master Teacher for Digital Electronics where he led core training institutes to prepare teachers from around the nation to teach PLTW curricula. Scott has presented on integrative STEM Education at several local and national conferences including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) STEM Forum and the NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference. He has published a number of research-based and practitioner-based articles in Technology and Engineering Teacher, The Elementary STEM Journal, and The Career and Technical Education Research Journal. His most recent work, with faculty at Berea College and the Virginia Polytechnic University, includes a paper on Computer Science Problem Formulation was presented at the World Engineering Education Forum and a paper on Global Literacy in Computer Science that has been accepted to the IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference. In addition, he serves on the Executive Board for the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland, the Maryland Science Olympiad Executive Board, the National Computer Science Education Week/Hour of Code Advisory Committee, the Maryland Title I Committee of Practitioners, and is currently a 21st Century Leadership Academy Fellow. He is also on the committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment and the Regional Director for the International Technology and Engineering Educators' Association Executive Board.