Erik Finman

I just turned 18 years old. When I was 15 years old I made a $100,000 from investing in Bitcoin, starting from just a $1000. I used that money to start an educational website, and I’m now in negotiations to sell that. I also launched a VR Headset that can replace your computer, which raised another $100,000 in crowdfunding. Using the the profits from that money, I’ve lived in San Francisco, London, and travelled around the world. Now I’m leading up the satellite project.


Jessica Millard

I am a Junior at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy. I have been in many leadership positions including Student Government, 4-H, National Honors Society, First Lego League, and First Tech Challenge. I plan on graduating from high school in 2018 with an Associates degree from North Idaho College as part of a dual enrollment program. I then plan to move on to receive a degree in business or project management with a minor in biology.


Paige Pence

I am a Junior at the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy. I have competed in First Lego League for four years, and the First Tech Challenge for the past two years. In addition to taking high school courses, I also take college level classes. My plan is to graduate high school in 2018, with my Associates Degree. After high school I plan on moving to a four-year college, to get a degree in the medical field.


Justin Kugler

I am a sophomore at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy. I am currently taking several online classes of both high school and college level. I have participated in First Lego League, First Tech Challenge, and Minds-i. My goal is to complete high school with an Associate’s degree and then move forward to get a four year degree most likely in the mathematics field.


Josh Simmons

I am a sophomore at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy. I currently take High School and College classes as part of the dual credit program. I have participated in First Lego League, First Tech Challenge, Minds-i and Imagine Tomorrow in the past. My goal after I graduate is to attend the University of Idaho for 4 years, and graduate with a bachelor's degree in software engineering and work for large software companies like Microsoft or Apple.


Piper Lawson

I am a sophomore at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy. I am currently active in Student Government and I have participated in both First Lego League and First Tech Challenge in the past. I also dedicate my spare time to Project Linus where I make blankets and hats for children who have been diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer, or who are born premature. I love history and I am interested in becoming an Anthrozoologist.


Joe Broder

I am a junior in high school at the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy. I am also currently enrolled in college courses as part of a dual credit program. I have participated in many First Robotics Competitions and in the First Tech Challenge. In my spare time I do software development and plan study computer science at a four-year college after I graduate high school.


Beth Brubaker

As a Gifted/Talented and Project Specialist at the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, I am proud to be the Education Specialist for Project DaVinci. I won the GIANTS award in 2012, was co-founder of Invent Idaho, and co-authored a book entitled "Inventing for Kids", published in 1992. In 1975, I earned my BA in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University, and in 1992 I received my Master’s Degree in Education Psychology and Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut. Currently, I am part of the Lego Education Advisory Panel and I am involved in many other robotics competitions locally.