Who We Are

The FIRSTEP Summer Camp was created with one goal in mind: to lead younger students with interests in math, science and technology on their “FIRSTEP” toward learning more about these growing fields. This camp was first introduced in the summer of 2007 with the hope of extending knowledge to younger students to get them excited about the fun side of engineering…the hands on part.

From designing to building, this program teaches students about Engineering through Technology, Math and Science. Your student will have fun while learning how the concepts they have studied in school apply to real life.

Meet the Founder

Kids Working on Robot

My name is George Giltner. I have two passions: technology and teaching. Just like most kids growing up, I was always curious about how things work. I enjoyed inventing things and taking things apart to see how they are made. I absolutely LOVED playing with Legos, Erector sets, and remote controlled cars. In high school I joined the robotics team, where each year the team was given instructions by FIRST.org to build a robot that would complete assigned tasks. As students we designed, built, and tested a robot that would compete against other high schools from around the world. It was one of the best experiences of my life. This helped inspire me to study Electrical Engineering Technology at Purdue University. I learned so much about the ever changing world of technology that I wanted to share this knowledge with the younger generation. As mentioned previously, I have two passions and EET did not involve teaching, so I changed my major to TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION. What a dream; it is the best of both worlds. When I began teaching, I partnered with the local elementary and middle schools in forming robotics clubs. Through these clubs, it inspired students to value math, science, and technology as a fun learning experience.

After a decade of being a Technology Education teacher at Carmel High School and the head coach of the TechHOUNDS Robotics team, I gained experiences that have helped me develop the skills necessary to successfully run my own robotics camp. I have held robotic summer camps for 8 years and have grown the program larger than I ever thought possible. Starting a youth summer camp where I can provide hands on learning of science and technology by showing the fun side of engineering has been my long term goal that has finally come true.

Please join me this summer as I share with your student how math, science, technology, and engineering can be so much fun!