We thrive on inspiring and motivating kids by teaching them about the fun of building. We love the idea of learning and coming together through making things. We believe in the DIT—do it together— mentality and the importance of building a community around this common goal.
We strive to make an environment that is educational, community based and most of all fun!
Please contact us if you would like additional information. We are always excited and happy to talk about our ideas and our company!
Jenny Young – Owner
Jenny has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. She grew up working alongside her father in his garage shop and doing projects with her mother. From an early age she was exposed to the joys of building and designing things from found items. She also has a special place in her heart for teaching girls about the coolness of math and science. She lives in a 450 ft2 apartment in Manhattan with her incredible husband, little girl and baby boy. As her parents always told her growing up, “You can be whatever you want to be in life!” She lives by this philosophy and hopes to inspire it in others.
Hope – Brooklyn Location Manager, Party Coordinator,
Hope is one of our awesome lead teachers. She has an undergraduate degree in Education from San Francisco State and a Masters degree in Education (specializing in Special Education) from Brooklyn College. She is fluent in English, Tagalog and Dutch. Kids absolutely love her and she has a magical aura about her that makes kids behave beautifully in her presence.
Brian is a theater artist, musician, and creative producer. He is a co-founder of Rady&Bloom Collective Playmaking, an interdisciplinary theater company creating new music plays in New York. Brian received a BFA in Theater and Creative Writing at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Brian is bringing the Foundry closer to under-served communities, building on the company’s environmental sustainability, and spearheading the Women in Tech series. He is also manages the Tribeca Location and directs the classroom with ease and panache. He enjoys macrobiotic cooking, sewing, drawing, writing, putting stuff together, and making trips to Materials for the Arts.
Emma – UES Location Manager
You can find Emma on the Upper East Side, playing around with circuits or frequently and ritualistically refilling the crayons and gems on the craft shelves. She holds a creative writing degree from Macalester College. From Minneapolis, her previous work with kids in the creative classroom comes from teaching traditional and modern forms of printmaking.
Emma is interested in fostering children’s self expression, confidence, imagination, and goofiness. Outside of the foundry she spends her time making dinners, playing with and reading words, biking around, dancing, watching music videos, watercoloring with tiny brushes, and watering the plants.
Jake is the Foundry’s robot-builder-extraordinaire. The brains behind some of our most exciting and advanced projects, he inspires kids and teachers alike to take their robots to the next level. He holds a BA in studio art from Bard College, and likes to spend his free time tinkering, fixing things, gardening, and building his own lamps. Fun fact: Jake grew up on sculpture park in upstate NY.
Otto – Production & IT Supervisor
Otto has been breaking (and sometimes fixing) electronics since he was a kid. Since leaving Seattle, he has graduated from Bard College and the National Outdoor Leadership school, and has been living in Brooklyn since 2013. Otto loves efficient systems, precise measurements, and organized parts bins (just ask Sam). He is also a freelance classical singer and an avid homebrewer.
Cara Hunt has a degree in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) from Vassar College, where she thought and wrote about cyborgs extensively. There she became passionate about giving children, especially girls, the support and competence to pursue STEM fields. She believes that by teaching kids how to build robots, we can actually teach them how to trust their creativity and persevere when encountering set-backs. She is interested in children’s imaginations and likes to chat with them about Star Wars, dinosaurs, and time. In her spare time she babysits two wonderful toddlers, hangs out with her cat, reads, and cooks.
Emily – Staff Teacher
Emily joined the Brooklyn Robot Foundry after working at a Lego robotics camp in her hometown, San Francisco. Here at the Foundry she has been a glowing and positive presence, both with our elementary school children and the littlest toddlers. She studies journalism at Brooklyn College, and in her spare time she writes for several music websites, plays bass in a Brooklyn band, and searches for the best coffee in New York City.
Audrey – Staff Teacher
Audrey studied English at Vassar College. In her free time she enjoys writing fiction and poetry and hopes to pursue an MFA in creative writing. She enjoys keeping up with current music and watching a ton of movies. When she was 9 years old she wanted to be a primatologist so she knows a whole lot of trivia about primates and mammals in general!
Eddie was born and raised in New York City. During his free time, Eddie draws and makes music. As a member of the Design Team, you can often find him fine-tuning robo-kits and experimenting with with new components. He enjoys working with children and helping them pursue their unique creative ideas.
Jeff is a self professed dabbler. Some of his current interests include tinkering with computers, electronics, working on bicycles, magic tricks, and hoarding an assortment of books as well as tools. When he’s not inspiring kids at the Foundry, Jeff is constantly looking for new things to make, as well as projects to work on. His most recent project to date was renovating a kitchen.
Josh – Marketing, Design, & Social Media
Josh is the face at the front of our store and the reason we have beautiful things throughout the space (among other things he made our giant robot signs, beautiful murals, and fantastic artwork on our gate). His artworks also brighten up our lesson blueprints and storybooks. He is also our social media master! He has a degree in Political Science from Northwestern. Josh is also an accomplished musician – check out his website Visager.
Julia – Prepper
Julia recently graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Studio Art. She makes multimedia artwork combining elements of video, sculpture, and installation. In her free time she likes to eat food.
Raisha is our spreadsheet extraordinaire- she can crunch data and register children for all of our programs with the best of them! As an Assistant Teacher, Raisha enjoys encouraging children to explore their creativity and gluing pom poms everywhere. She recently graduated from School of Visual Arts with a degree in Illustration. In her free time, Raisha likes to showcase her designs at craft fairs and take naps.
Glynis, a Scrantonian disguised as a Brooklynite, considers herself to be somewhat of modern renaissance women. By spring of this year she will have earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from St. John’s University. She enjoys photography; strong coffee, candy, and helping kids confidently express their creativity.
Farhan is one of our great Assistant Teachers on the Upper East Side. Previous to his Robot Foundry career, Farhan worked at the MET so he could surround himself with amazing art all day. In his free time he likes to make multimedia interactive projects and watch Star Trek.
New to the Robot Foundry Family, Conrad has been winning over hearts and minds with his great laid back attitude and patience for all children. Conrad is also our resident choice time master- he can play Set, Spot It, or Connect Four with the best of them! In his free time, Conrad likes to play guitar and drums and read. He recently graduated from Bard University with a degree in Literature, and is working on becoming an amazing sitar player.
Arezu is also new to the Robot Foundry, and everyone loves her already! After graduating from School of Visual Arts last year, Arezu has been pursuing the life of an artist by creating thought-provoking installations and performance art pieces throughout the city. At the Robot Foundry, Arezu’s elaborate robotic creations wow children and staff alike with their well placed rhinestones and pipe cleaners. Fun fact about Arezu: she’s lived in Toronto most of her life and loves tacos.
Bios coming soon!
Vanessa – Assistant Teacher