Iraq Veteran Hermann Kreimann is an all-American business leader who aspires to equip the next generation of the technological world by training high school students in computer science and robotics.
Kreimann runs a robotics company in the state of California.
He recognizes that activities such as robotics are still considered extra-curricular by most school districts in California and the costs associated with such training may be prohibitive for many students coming from low-income families.
The former sergeant emphatically states that, “One of my goals is to never have to turn back a student who wants to learn but is unable to do so because of financial reasons”.
Kreimann’s inspiration to venture into the education sector came from his son, Eric who recognized his father’s skills and expertise and thought it could benefit his peers.
He says, “Eric suggested that I open a summer science camp or a computer engineering camp as there were none in the area. Although I was hesitant at first, I decided to give it a shot.”
Kreimann’s company has since expanded to training over 2000 students across 35 schools every year, a remarkable achievement for what had started off as a science summer boot camp just a few years back.
Not only do his teams have a sweeping record of winning tournaments in and around California but have also represented the USA at the championship in Denmark where they competed against over 200 teams from over 70 countries, placing 10th overall!
Kreimann has recently launched a new brand of robot, the US ELC. A small metal robot, similar to more popularly used battle-box.
It gives students the unique opportunity to design their own robots and configure code in an attempt to push their opponent’s robot outside of a sumo ring.
The ESL robot is made out of metal and comes equipped with Arduino; a motherboard brain widely used in a lot of public schools. According to Kreimann, its ease of use and user-friendly design makes it a perfect fit for students to learn from scratch and build on their skills.
Hermann Kreimann’s target is to keep the price of these robots under $130 – a wide margin compared to the pricing on the two other robots that are widely available and used in the robotics arena that can cost anywhere between $500-600 per piece.
A former football coach, Kreimann says, “I think helping kids compete in robotics tournaments encourages them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and it gives me the same adrenaline rush I got coaching football, which is the icing on the cake”.
Interest might not be sufficient to make training in robotics accessible to many students as costs run upwards of over $1,000 to get basic training. He notes, “That’s not including international competitions and events like that.”
His company is committed to providing free programs as well as discounts to lower-income families.
Hermann Kreimann has also recently set up a non-profit in order to help those in need of financial support when it comes to learning.
They routinely run free programs and recently gave out six scholarships to students from low-income families.