Who is Build a Robot?

Build a Robot is the only provider of computer science, coding and robotics classes that is combined with social emotional learning to help kids (our future and current problem solvers & leaders) be human-centered through the development of skills in empathy, positive thinking, collaboration, creativity, perseverance and lifelong learning.

OUR STORY

  • Summer 2015

    The idea struck - what if we start a summer camp with an emphasis on creativity, hands-on learning, and problem solving? We started with 4 weeks of STEM summer camps for 200 students in Beijing.

  • Fall 2015

    1st Robotics Kid Club Launches at our house to have our kids and their friends build robots together.


  • Summer 2016

    When we reflected on the first summer camps, we realized that we were missing a key component - an emotionally connected safe community. In this second year of summer camps, we expanded to four cities with15 teachers teaching 400 students and we added Social Emotional Learning (SEL) modules to our programs.

  • FALL 2016

    In order to grow our impact and increase reach, we created a public benefit company called Kids2GLOW. The GLOW stands for Growth mindset, Lifelong learning, Open, and Worldwide. This allowed us to expand into schools and build a team to build curricula and teach.

  • 2017

    Partnered with RoboRobo, a company with more than 15 years in developing education robotics products and curricula. RoboRobo was looking to expand to the U.S. and chose us because of our educational programs.

  • 2018

    Opened Build a Robot Learning Center in Superior, CO. We opened the center to develop a community for consistent computer science literacy education for all students and a pathway for accelerated students to excel. We decided to name the learning center Build a Robot to quickly convey the message of building together.

  • 2020

    To continue to expand our reach and impact, we launched live online learning classes.




  • 2021

    We reflected on our journey and are forging ahead with a hybrid (online +in-person, live + asynchronized online learning) model to serve our community. We continue to establish strong partnerships with organizations that align with our mission and practice- serve students from every quarter and incorporate social emotional learning with STEM skill building.

Meet the Team

We are a group of educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents who are passionate about our mission: creating and advocating for innovative human-centered education to inspire and develop empathetic problem solvers and leaders.

BECKY MULLER

Director Of Education Innovation & Instructor

BIRD MARATHE

Instructor & Curriculum Developer

CHRISTINE LUI

CFO

CHRIS PONTILLO

Instructor & Curriculum Developer

DANIELLE HUGHES

Co-Founder

ISAAC DAVENPORT

CTO & Advisor

IZZY HENNAGE

Instructor and Content Specialist

KELLEY ANDERSON

Instructor

KAYLA BURKEL

Instructor and Curriculum Manager

KARI SANTOS

Instructor & STEM Technologist

LEO BORASIO

Design and Marketing Specialist

LaDonna Welch

Instructor & Curriculum Developer

MARIA ALDER

Instructor

MICHELLE CASEY

Instructor & Curriculum Developer

PAM LEWIS

Director Of Community Engagement & Partnerships

QING HUA

Founder & CEO

SERGIO LAUREANO

Instructor

WENDY BLOECHLE

Advisor

WEI MIAO

Application Software Engineer & Instructor

WAYNE SELTZER

Advisor, STEM Technologist & Instructor

Partners

Build a Robot K12 works with schools, afterschool programs, libraries, hardware and curriculum providers, and other organizations to provide computer science education in robotics, coding, and design with an emphasis on social emotional learning. We often collaborate with our partners on events, workshops, and projects that engage and support student learning. Our common goal is always to provide opportunities for students to build 21st century skills like problem solving, creativity, & growth mindset and to become leaders with empathy.

Careers

We want to empower all kids to imagine, build and create solutions for a diverse, inclusive, thriving society.

Working at Build a Robot K12 means that you’ll be surrounded by colleagues who are passionate about using robotics and computer science education coupled with social emotional learning to inspire and develop empathetic problem solvers and leaders. We want the company to have impact and to shape a diverse, inclusive, and thriving society. 
 
If this vision excites you, please apply!

OUR VALUES:

Here are our Core Beliefs that Guide Our Culture

Community

That means we show up for each other, act with empathy, and bring our authentic selves to work every day. We’re growing this company for our community, each other and our mission.

Innovation

That means we don’t do something a certain way because “this is how we’ve always done it.” We are open-minded. We innovate, iterate, make mistakes, improve, repeat.

Integration

We’re whole people. That means we build a culture that supports our team members’ growth professionally and personally.

Fun

Our time on earth is finite. It is a privilege to be spending time together. While we can’t avoid struggles, we always remind ourselves that it is important to have fun along the way.

Agile

We move quickly and deliberately in pursuit of achieving sustainable, global growth and reach.

Success

We believe that achieving financial growth and making positive social impact are equally important. Without both we cannot expand our impact and build our vision for the world.

Impactful

We improve people’s lives. That means our goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of all we work with: our students, our employees, our stakeholders and our community. 

Trust

We operate from a place of transparency and offer honest feedback, even when it is uncomfortable to do so. We do this because we trust one another’s intentions and want everyone to continuously learn and grow.