Robotics for Everyone
Educational Robotics for K-12
March 31st, 2021
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm (CST)
Welcome - Introduction by Nancy Pineda
History of WER and its impact on the Education by Dr. Jake Mendelssohn
WER International experience by Dr. Melissa Butt
STEM Perspective of Robotics in Texas: Help level playing field by Dr. Raul Reyna
WER USA Unique Value Proposition by Dr. Reyna
Dr. Jake Mendelssohn
Founder of WER
Founding member of Connecticut Invention Convention Founder, InventFuture.Global
Jake Mendelssohn has been fascinated by Robots all of his life. As a child, he built his first Robot out of wooden sticks and since then has gotten an Engineering Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from the Wharton School, designed numerous electronic and micro-controller based commercial products and started three Robotics companies. He has also published one of the first Robotics newsletters.
In 1993, he created and started the Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest which became the foundation for the global World Educational Robotics contest. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford and Trinity College. He was also a certified High School teacher at the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science and the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, where he taught advanced courses in Physics, Electronics, Photonics, CAD and, of course, Robotics.
He is the founder and current President of the Connecticut Robotics Society, a group of inventors and entrepreneurs interested in all forms of advanced technologies.
He is also one of the founding members of the Connecticut Invention Convention and for the past 37 years he has worked with this organization to enhance the creativity and problem-solving skills of students from kindergarten to grade 12. The Connecticut Invention Convention is the oldest and largest such organization in the U.S. He also help found InventFuture.Global an international association that brings the same activities and support to students across the world.
Jake is delighted and honored to be working with the talented people at Abilix and Novum Education as they use their fantastic products and curriculum to grow and expand the real-world education and success of students in the United States and around the world.
Dr. Raul Reyna
Founder, Alamo STEM
Ecosystem President, American STEM Alliance Co-Founder + Principal, Longwave Partners
LEAD STEM Fellow, Past Member, Ecosystem Advisory Council, Past Member of the Board and Executive, Committee – San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair – Education Committee - SAHCC
Vice President – South San Antonio ISD Education Foundation, President – American STEM Alliance, DoSeum, Member of the Board, Founding Chair – San Antonio STEM Council
Dr. Reyna was selected as a LEAD STEM Fellow as part of Cohort 2.
Dr. Melissa Butt
Chair, WER UK Founder
Upon completing a Biomedical Science Undergraduate Degree and Ph.D. she trained to be a secondary school science teacher to inspire the next generation of scientists. In 2014, she founded a nonprofit educational organization (Discovery STEM Education). She became the Chair of World Educational Robotics UK in 2017, co-founder of Invent Future Global in 2019, and Ambassador for Consequential Robotics in 2020.
President, WER USA
Founder of Novum Education. Nancy envisions a world where every student has an equal opportunity for success. A world where income and race do not determine the quality of education.
Earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Monterrey Tech (ITESM) and a master's degree in Education and Technology from Harvard University. Nancy has more than 15 years of practical experience in the educational sector. She's a mother of 3 and currently lives in Texas with her family.