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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


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... Read More →

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