roboARTS
Moving STEAM initiatives beyond the iPad. Our goal is to teach kids about the creative process and help them amplify their imagination!
Bringing Robotics To Orphans In India
Sharing a love of love of story telling and robotics with our friends in India!

Robots For A Better World!

Worldwide

Bringing robots to underserved communities globally.

Creativity

Creativity and Engineering come together to make Imagination come to life!

Logic and Troubleshooting

Teaching kids logic and troubleshooting through graphical programming!
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Teachers And Mentors

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Building Students

Mission Statement

SCIENCE IN A SUITCASE partners with nonprofits around the world to spark children’s passions for science, technology, and the arts, igniting unlimited possibilities for their futures. Our STEAM based programs engage kids with hands-on learning experiences that foster creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, and give them the confidence that they can succeed.

What People Are Saying ...

"There are no words to describe the energy, flexibility, and drive of the Science in a Suitcase team... They made us achieve the impossible and set a new frontier for science and technology in our country! Forever thankful"
IT-Core Team ~ Suriname

IT-Core Team ~ Suriname

Theo Boomsma

Nicole, I want to thank you and Science in a Suitcase for the example you have set!   Engineers can make a difference in the world not only with the products we work on at NI, but also as individuals through volunteering our time through robotics.  It was through your example that I gained confidence that I could make robotics happen for those kids!  And I am so glad that I did!  I cannot wait to return next summer! 
Heidi Frock

Heidi Frock

Designation

OUR TEAM

Antonio F Delgado

Antonio F Delgado

Minister of Fun and Education
Antonio F Delgado works at National Instruments by day. There he plays with PXI hardware and other fun stuff. Sometimes, he gets the opportunity to be a Lego EV3 Master Mentor and teach the next generation of robotics mentors. Once a week Antonio takes a trek to East Austin assists a Title 1 First Lego League team of fifth graders at Govalle Elementary. During his down time, Antonio loves to play music with his band Oh Antonio and His Imaginary Friends and he likes to write children's books. He also, helps bring kid-written stories to life through the avenues of plays and songs with his friends in The Story Wranglers and The Paramount Theater. Antonio strives foster creativity and imagination in the people around him. He believes that a STEAM education is essential to creating well rounded and fruitful education.
Lillan Sprietz

Lillan Sprietz

Vice President
“I truly believe that education is whats going to save the planet! That is why I have gotten on this mission to educate and prepare children, of underserved communities, to enable them and their communities to succeed.” Lillan says.

Lillan Spiertz works as a Product Owner with LEGO Education and was the Software Producer for LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 development project. Through this work Lillan has experienced the incredible impact these robotics tools can have on children’s education and personal development.

“It is so inspiring to see how children who has no previous experience with programming are able to pick up one of these robotics tools and just go do it.”
Nicole Richard

Nicole Richard

President
Nicole Richard is a Software Product Manager for the Academic Marketing team at National Instruments (NI). After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 200, Nicole has worked in the tech world for close to two decades. Under NI’s partnership with LEGO, she spent many years managing the development of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and LEGO WeDo robotics software for kids. This unexpected opportunity to use her engineering degree to develop toys sparked a passion in Nicole for helping children discover and develop an interest in science and technology. She’s traveled far and wide to places like Cambodia, India, and Vietnam to help various non-profits create sustainable LEGO robotics programs that foster technical literacy in children who would otherwise never have access to these types of tools. In 2012, she was even featured in the IEEE Spectrum Magazine’s Dream Jobs report.
Andy Hinde

Andy Hinde

Treasurer and Secretary
Andy is a Principal RF Systems Engineer working at National Instruments (NI). He has lived in Austin since 1995, when he moved to Austin from Houston where he grew up to attend the University of Texas (Hook ‘Em!), receiving his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with honors in 1999. After working a few years at NI, he returned to The University of Texas to attend the McCombs School of Business, ultimately earning his MBA in 2007. Andy has enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Madam President Nicole Richard, to teach robotics to underprivileged children throughout the world.

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