Robbie Merillat is a student at the Colorado School of Mines, where he is majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics. He is part of the school’s Solar Decathlon team, which is working towards participation in the 2019 Department of Energy-sponsored competition.
As a high school student, Merillat and others taught elementary school students science when his hometown discontinued funding for several years. “The kids loved the experiments we did such as looking through microscopes at cells and creating polymers,” Merillat says. “Given that they had no other exposure to the sciences at that time…I believe that I had a positive impact on them.”