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Friday, July 28 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Up a Creek Robotics FILLING

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Terry Olkin, Teresa Ewing and John Rigsby will will tell the tale about why they founded the GEAR alliance, a 501(c)(3) in 2015 as a spinoff from the St. Vrain Valley School District to be the the umbrella organization for their high school robotics teams (including Up-A-Creek Robotics), why they mentor high school robotics teams in their free time, and why one of them was passionate enough to invest over $1M for a building to house these teams. They will talk about their journey and vision of filling the missing pieces of education, especially in STEM and how they are teaching high school students how to collaborate, lead, innovate, volunteer and work within a budget and stay on schedule.  They are helping to create a skilled workforce pipeline and impassioned students around robotics….not to mention these high school robotics teams are “killing it” in competitions!


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Axel Reitzig

Robotics & Computer Science Coordinator, Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley School District
Axel Reitzig is the robotics and computer science coordinator at the Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley School District. He focuses on facilitating robotics and computer science programming to support STEM integration throughout the district. Additionally, he develops partnerships with... Read More →


Teresa Ewing

Middle School Engineering and Technology Teacher, Flagstaff Academy
A practicing electrical engineer and optics researcher in Boulder County startups for 25 years, Ms. Ewing was inspired by her robotics volunteering experience and recently transitioned to full time teaching career.  She has taught programming and engineering tech at Flagstaff Charter School for three years, and will be starting a new position at Niwot High school this fall... Read More →
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Terry Olkin

Co-Founder & CEO, Left Hand Robotics
An MIT graduate in Computer Science and Engineering, Terry has worked at both large Fortune 100 technology companies and small startups, including three he co-founded. He has over 25 years of experience that spans software engineering, conceiving new products, building business p... Read More →

Friday July 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO

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