Updated: Aug 31, 2021
In each newsletter, we interview a leader in S.T.E.A.M. fields in Colorado Springs. So we decided to share them on the website on our blog as well! You will start to see them once a few weeks have past by! However, if you want first dibs on these awesome S.T.E.A.M. Leaders, you should SUBSCRIBE to our Bi-Weekly newsletter that comes out on Mondays!
This week's S.T.E.A.M. leader is Brandon Sexton, Founder and C.E.O. of HumanKind!
PPCM: Tell us about a pivotal S.T.E.A.M. memory of yours.
Brandon: "One that stands out the most was an electronics class in high school. This was the first opportunity I remember where I got a hands-on look at what the theory would provide. Up to that point I had done tons of boring math but never been shown the application."
PPCM: Tell us about your background in physics and computer programming.
Brandon: "I worked with multiple after-school programs while I was in college. There was no focus on STEAM, just an effort to provide a positive environment for children in need. I spent a year as a high school math teacher in Tennessee after college in 2013. Then, I joined the Air Force and worked in space operations until 2017. I started work as a satellite engineer in 2017 and currently work with Northrop Grumman helping to sustain current satellite missions and design future missions."
PPCM: Tell us about HumanKind.
Brandon: "This is a bit of a side project for me where I hope to offer kids earlier hands-on opportunities than I received. I could have saved years of my life deciding what I enjoyed if I had been introduced to STEAM earlier. I want to help provide those opportunities for kids that may not see them otherwise."
PPCM: What would you like to say to parents and kids interested in S.T.E.A.M?
Brandon: "Understand that every interesting piece of technology that seems like magic today was designed and built by what were once curious boys and girls who found a love for STEAM. It all may seem so advanced, but it all starts somewhere. Don’t be afraid to feel silly while you try the different fields. I’ve gotten to where I am by looking silly all the time."
Thank you, Brandon, for the opportunity to learn from you through your interview. We are inspired by your work and appreciate your dedication to S.T.E.A.M. education for kids!
Learn more about HumanKind by visiting https://hkproject.org/about/
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