LAKE MENDOCINO, Calif. (June 18, 2012) — In 2005, the National Academies published a report demanding more investment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education in America. “Rising Above the Gathering Storm,” warned that for the United States to remain alive and kicking in a global economy, the nation’s leaders, both public and private, must make STEM-education a priority.
To that end, determined educators like Beth Traub and Jack Gillespie are inspiring the next generation of innovators through their love of math, robotics and zombies.
Traub and Gillespie are the teacher-mentors of the Vallejo High School robotics team named The Zombots.
“We got that name because are first major sponsor owns a funeral home,” explained Jack Gillespie, who happens to be married to Lyn Gillespie, the chief of Engineering and Technical Services Division at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District. No special math or science aptitude is required of students to join The Zombots, just insanity and commitment to the team, quips Gillespie.