Mr. Baum brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our engineering and robotics programs. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in electricity-electronics and secondary education from Western Michigan University and holds a Master’s degree in counseling from the same school.
During his tenure at East Kentwood High School, Mr. Baum developed and taught eleven different courses and wrote books for five of these classes. His robotics course at East Kentwood was one of the first in Michigan and received national attention in a CNN featured broadcast. Besides his Kentwood experience, he has taught engineering-related classes for several local corporations, Grand Rapids Community College, and is presently an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University in the Movement Science department.
Along with his classroom teaching experience, Mr. Baum was the head varsity hockey coach at East Kentwood HS and continues to be involved with USA Hockey as well as local and state-wide hockey and sports organizations.
Mr. Baum’s present role at the WMAA includes engineering and robotics team advisor, PATS liaison, and connecting with the area business and engineering communities for fundraising and mentorship support. His long-time interest in aviation and space were realized when he was offered a part time position here in 2011. He is an enthusiastic, passionate and hands-on educator who believes students learn best through project-based learning and the practical application of theory.
Mr. Baum and his wife, Linda, have three adult children and seven grandchildren who live in the Grand Rapids area.