Rohan Suri is a dedicated student with an aptitude for chemistry, robotics, and math. While he's not pondering the meaning of life you can find him in the pantry, playing soccer, or spending time with friends. Through his work with LCSRC he has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award Gold Medal.
Aditya Jain gets excited helping others in the community through robotics. When he's not puzzling over a question you can find him with friends or playing music. He currently serves on the First in Missouri planning committee. Through his work with LCSRC he has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award Gold Medal.
Alison Nieder is a junior at Ladue High School and has been involved in FIRST robotics for almost ten years now. Other activities she enjoys includes rowing, photography, and baking. Through her work with LCSRC she has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award Bronze Medal.
Karen Engelkenjohn has been an educator for 25 years. She was a gifted specialist for 22 years including 14 years at Reed Elementary in Ladue. As such, she was an early adopter of STEM Education practices. Currently she is a program manager and director for several grant funded STEM programs run by Maryville University’s Center for Access and Achievement. These include grants to fund STEM competitions, a summer STEM program for students in north county school districts, a LEGO Foundation grant supporting Playful Engineering Based Learning, and an NSF grant focused on developing smart motors to introduce AI to upper elementary classrooms. Karen Engelkenjohn has been an active member of the FIRST Robotics community here in St. Louis for 16 or more years. In addition to coaching her own FIRST LEGO League teams she is committed to encouraging and supporting others who wish to start teams. She is also active in the STEM STL community which has helped to create a network of people both in education and in STEM professions with the shared mission of exposing young people to the amazing opportunities in our area in STEM related careers.
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