State Director of Robotics
With his two main passions being technology and teaching, George Giltner is especially well-equipped for his role as the State Director of Robotics, managing all aspects of the State Robotics Initiative from professional development for teachers to event management and partner engagement. For him, the best part of working with kids is being present when the "LED in their heads" light up and they finally understand how something works.
Growing up, George was always curious and enjoyed inventing and taking things apart to see how they were made. In high school, he joined the robotics team, which, in addition to being one of the best experiences of his life, inspired him to study Electrical Engineering Technology at Purdue University. But when that didn't cover his passion for teaching, he changed his major to Technology Education, giving him the best of both worlds. After graduating, George began his career at Carmel High School, teaching classes like Digital Electronics and Introduction to Engineering Design, while also serving as the head coach for the robotics team and partnering with local elementary and middle schools to form robotics clubs.
When he's not building robots and inspiring students to become young inventors via his FIRSTEP summer robotics camp, George enjoys spending time with his wife Danielle and 2 fur-babies, Joey and Louis. He spends lots of time outdoors and on their boat with friends, and has been fostering dogs in need of loving homes since 2012.