For The Win Robotics focuses on fostering critical thinking and lifelong curiosity through the power of experiential STEM and computer science education.
WHO WE IMPACT
Our work is expansive, reaching more than 1,000 schools across the United States. For the Win Robotics’ STEM and computer science programming is available for every education setting - from K-12 classrooms to college campuses, afterschool programs to summer camps, in-person classes to virtual or hybrid learning environments - and is implemented in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors.
With our Build | Fly | Code program, we have developed an innovative education system that offers educators new professional development opportunities while making STEM and computer science education fun for learners. Hands-on lessons incorporating both hardware and software, enable us to make the principles of flight theory, mechanical design, and coding accessible for learners of all ages.
Our focus on experiential education means that we are constantly innovating to ensure our programs reach as many students as possible, including under-resourced students and those with different learning styles or abilities. By promoting collaboration, critical thinking, and curiosity, we are helping build essential skills today’s students need to become the workforce of the future.
MEET THE TEAM
Executive Chairman + Cofounder
Rob is a visionary brand builder with more than 20 years of experience elevating unique voices and guiding industry leaders to new technologies. As an executive within the music industry, he defined mainstream culture by breaking 50 #1 songs and promoting artists like Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Drake, and Eminem.
He held influential positions at two major record labels before transitioning to Spotify, where he leveraged real-time data, consumer insights, and customer feedback to champion new business models and elevate brands globally. In the process, Rob helped redefine the record industry as we know it today.
His ability to amplify brands and identify gaps in the market led him to pivot to education, where Rob recognized a need for better STEM and computer science-based education technology. As executive chairman, CEO and cofounder of FTW Robotics, he pioneered the Build | Fly | Code program and released a first-of-its-kind curriculum to schools across the United States. As a father of two young children, Rob sees Build | Fly | Code as an incredible opportunity to awaken the interest of students and educators worldwide.
Chief Operations Officer + Cofounder
Daniel is a STEM education entrepreneur dedicated to making innovative technologies fun and accessible for students of all ages. Having grown up in a blue-collar family, he understands the importance of sparking curiosity and introducing students to new opportunities in the sciences. While working in the green tech space, Daniel developed an education program about renewables that has been implemented across the United States and in more than 50 countries.
Today, he imbues that passion for discovery and innovation into every aspect of FTW Robotics’ strategic operations, from business development to logistics and everything in between. Daniel works collaboratively with his colleagues to drive toward key objectives and ensure the team is implementing the company’s vision. As one of the cofounders, he believes FTW Robotics can make a difference in education by inspiring students and introducing them to a whole world of opportunities made possible by technology.
Head of Customer Experience
Allison has been a key member of the FTW Robotics team since its founding. She believes that every customer deserves a white glove experience and strives to build deep relationships based on proactive communication and trust. Her ability to tailor the customer experience to the unique needs of a given client has enabled her to provide expert care to every account and help build a lasting partnership.
“For me, the most gratifying part of the job is seeing kids engage with our program and become part of a community. We’re making a difference in education every day.” - Allison Mehay
Director of Education Content
A longtime educator and storyteller, Abraham has nearly 20 years of experience in teaching and curriculum development under his belt. As the scientific arts director at an education nonprofit, Heart of Los Angeles, Abraham established a STEAM and MAKER program to bring project-based, experiential learning to underrepresented youth in Los Angeles. One of his major accomplishments includes building a full fabrication lab at an all-girls school dedicated to uplifting at-risk youth, thereby providing young women with a safe, creative maker space to explore STEAM principles.
Abraham brings his passion for hands-on learning and making with a purpose to FTW Robotics, where he directs all of our education content. Abraham believes education technology shouldn’t just be a product; it should be a way of supporting teachers and learners of all ages in their education journeys. That’s why he works directly with educators to ensure that everything we develop - from course materials to teacher training - helps foster personal growth and build the FTW Robotics’ community.
Celia Castellanos, EdD
Director of Education Strategy
Celia is passionate about equitable STEM education, which has driven her to dedicate over 20 years to the education field. Her passion for equitable education, and love for learning, led Celia to focus her doctoral dissertation on culturally relevant STEM pedagogy to increase access and engagement in STEM for students from underrepresented communities. As an educator, Celia sought teaching opportunities that would allow her to teach students in South Los Angeles, where she grew up, and to build a STEM learning community. While building, Celia developed an interdisciplinary STEM learning curriculum vertically aligned to a high school Information and Communications Technology CTE pathway.
Her desire to advocate for students and educators in STEM at scale led her to join FTW Robotics, where she is tasked to build upon the Build | Fly | Code learning ecosystem while ensuring every student, regardless of background, has access. Celia works closely with her colleagues at FTW to develop and enhance the accessibility of our offering but also helps fellow educators incorporate our technology into their classrooms.
XQC Engineering CEO + Founder
Bob is a prolific innovator, pioneering programmer, and seasoned systems architect whose name is attached to hundreds of patents. He created revolutionary programs and products for leading technology companies, including Qualcomm, Kyocera, and Motorola, before founding his own company, XQC Engineering.
Since 2021, Bob has been a key engineering asset for FTW Robotics, where he leads a team of experienced designers in creating new drone hardware and software. He continues to power the progression of FTW Robotics with a constant emphasis on the utmost in excellence and future-thinking innovation.