Mentors

Barry Stump

Founder/Mentor
Barry has been a software engineer specializing in cloud and internet systems for nearly 2 decades. During that time he’s worked on concert databases for Live Nation, video games for 2K Sports, a transportation mobile app which was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s top 50 apps for 2012, and many other projects large and small. He loves 3D printing, miniature computers like the Raspberry Pi, making things, and being a dad.

 

Candace Stump

Founder/Mentor
I make things. In the last ten years, I have launched a Socratic seminar, a Math Circle, a Makerspace, three CoderDojos, and a MakerKids community. I write a blog, I invigorate organizations, and I love coffee. I also teach about half a dozen students in a tiny private school.

I did all of that to meet the needs of my students. I strive to empower my students’ hands and minds, spirits, and have an incredibly great time. I am an excellent analyst and scientist, and a poor organizer of my bookshelves. But I can inspire people to give their absolute best, and rejoice in what we can make. I am an incredibly creative teacher.

I do everything in my power to create an environment in which students can find – and have confidence in – the best in themselves.

Specialties: Gifted and talented education and development. Maker Camp Administrator, creating activities and project space for kids to explore their creative and technical skills.

 

John Crowley

Founder/Former Mentor
Executive Director, Aqus Community, CauseSocial Services
Aqus Community is 501c3 Nonprofit social community network that promotes personal and societal well-being. Through social gatherings and events, we provide opportunities for people to connect, build relationships and realize a sense of belonging.

 

Joseph Coffland

Mentor
Joseph earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Boise State University in 2000. In 2002, he founded the software consulting company Cauldron Development LLC through which he has developed embedded systems under contract with companies such as Hewlett Packard, Wabtec and Ugobe. He has extensive experience with simulation systems having developed a hardware/software simulator for the University of Amsterdam, a cell simulator for the University of Notre Dame, the Open-Source CNC simulator CAMotics and acting as the lead developer for the Folding@home project for more than ten years.  In 2015, in partnership with Doug Coffland, he founded Buildbotics LLC.

 

Scott McCreary

Mentor
Test Engineer at Xandex Inc in Petaluma. Software developer for open source project Haiku, Haikuports and HaikuArchives. Haiku mentor for Google Summer of Code 2009-present, and Google Code-In 2010-present. Tux4Kids mentor for Google Summer of Code 2013.