With childhood activities that included tinkering with her Apple II+ computer, competing in weekend math contests, and conducting science fair research, Camille McCue, PhD, developed an early love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). At the University of Texas Austin, she earned a BA in mathematics and served as a physics research fellow, programming nonlinear fluid flow simulations and working in a fabrication lab; and as an architectural engineering intern, creating CAD blueprints and performing construction site visits.
Dr. McCue began her career at IBM, marketing personal computers and managing the national MicroAge printer contract. She then earned an MA in curriculum and instruction and taught math and physics to rural youth via satellite, as well as served as a founding teacher in the Lone Star to Big Sky credit recovery program for children of migrant farm workers. For the next twelve years, Dr. McCue produced and anchored live television programming for NASA-TV and PBS, connecting kids with experts including orbiting astronauts, roboticists, and Antarctic penguin researchers. Her "International Space Station-Chat" was honored with a PBS National NETA award for Best ITV program.
Upon moving to Las Vegas, Dr. McCue joined the new UNLV Distance Learning team and taught technology integration courses in the College of Education. She then became the Ready to Learn coordinator for Vegas PBS, providing community outreach in children's literacy and media literacy to Title I schools throughout Southern Nevada. She was awarded a TV Manager of the Year EMA for her work, as well as several local EMAs for her productions and websites.
From 2005-2015, Dr. McCue developed and taught STEM electives in engineering, math enrichment, and computer science at The Alexander Dawson School (Las Vegas). She coached student teams to national awards in Math Olympiads and Future Cities, and she was recognized as the 2009 Future Cities Teacher of the Year. During this time, Dr. McCue wrote and reviewed STEM curriculum for national audiences while serving in the Illuminations Writing Group and on the Mathematics in the Middle School Editorial Panel for NCTM.
Dr. McCue completed her PhD in curriculum & instruction at UNLV, writing her dissertation on learning math through student-designed video games. She has taken additional coursework in CS teaching, including the Cyber Teacher Certificate (CSTA). She presents at STEM conferences and publishes on a variety of subjects, including writing ...for Dummies books such as Coding for Kids and Getting Started with Engineering. From 2012-2015, Dr. McCue served as Founding Director for Dawson College Bound, a program mentoring youth towards academic success, and recognized by Clark County School Board as an Outstanding Community Partnership program.
As Director of Technology Innovations for the Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas, she collaborates with the school's technology team to develop and teach a comprehensive coding, maker, and design curriculum for K-12 students. She directed the development of a new, 5000 square foot, state-of-the-art Startup Incubator which opened in September 2016. She also serves as the Curriculum Director for Spark Skill, an education startup providing cutting-edge STEM summer camps for tweens and teens. She was recently awarded the Tech Exec 2016 Lifetime Achievement award.