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The Igutech Mission


Our mission is to inspire young people’s interest in a science and engineering career, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science and technology skills, foster team work, enhance their self-confidence and teach other life skills like problem solving, creativity, communication and leadership.


Igutech Inc. is a volunteer-based organization that offers mentor based programs in the field of science, technology and engineering. The programs are meant to go beyond the scope of the science and engineering education offered in public schools (K-12) and allow children to unleash their creative engineering potential in a challenging, yet safe and fun environment.

Igutech Inc. offers children, grades K-12, to join teams that participate in national science and engineering challenges and competitions. Goal of these programs is to stimulate the children’s curiosity and train them to work creatively and efficiently as a team to solve tough engineering problems as well as develop social awareness for real-life problems in their community. These goals are accomplished by participating in non-profit science & engineering programs like the ones offered by the FIRST organization, based in Manchester, NH. All teams are mentored by volunteer coaches, parents and subject matter experts that teach engineering principles while increasing the participant’s self-confidence, deepen their science knowledge and building life skills.

One key aspect of Igutech Inc. is to allow all participants to develop responsibility toward a self-motivated ownership of progress and achievements. Coaches and mentors are always present to provide a safe environment and to offer guidance, however, the children are encouraged to actively participate in all aspects of project management of the programs. This way, all participants can develop leadership, practice their communication and presentation skills, and become proficient self-motivated team leaders toward a successful engineering career.

Igutech Inc. offers in-depth technical programs in the field of robotics. Best-engineering practices, mechanical design skills as well as computer programming are taught in small team settings. Focus is on hands-on activities using, for example, the Lego NXT platform that allows the children to develop, build and then program autonomous robots that are able to complete a pre-defined mission. To motivate young people to give their best, Igutech teams participate in challenging national science and engineering competitions.


Team Igutech visits Aesculap Spine

Aesculap-logo[Sydney N] On Friday May 28, 2010, Coach Harald took Team Igutech to Aesculap Spine in Breiningsville, PA. Our hosts: Mr Christian Gabriel (Director Marketing Orthopedics), Mr. John Love (VP of R&D at Aesculap) presented the history of Aesculap and introduced us to the staff. We learned how high-tech surgical knee, hip, and spine implants are made. During their presentation, we had the best cookies, fruit, popcorn, and drinks.

Our hosts lead us on a tour through the Aesculap building. On our first stop, we got to see a 3D design demonstration of a tadpole. They showed us how we could change the shape, length, and width of the tadpole using the Catia Software. Then we went to the test lab. At the test lab, they test the strength and durability of their spine implants. Their robot works 24 hours for six weeks and runs 5 million cycles.


Then we visited the machine shop. The first two robots we saw were the four and five axis milling machines that shape soft metal parts for their products. Then we saw the EDM machine that cuts soft and hard metal with hair fine wire. We got to put our hands in the gloves that go inside the sand blasting box. We met a really cool laser welding technician who sat in a purple chair showed us how he uses the equipment. Jackie put on his welding helmet! At the quality control lab, we saw how they project an image (magnified by 60, 100, and 200) to check the final product against the blueprint.

Igutech_visit_100528_groupBack at the conference room, they showed us the knee and hip implant products and how they secure them. They explained the types of metals and plastics used then we were lucky enough to touch the products. They felt so smooth that you might think it was real cartilage. We celebrated the end of our trip with the Aesculap Skeleton!

Thanks to Aesculap and Coach Harald, it was the coolest trip ever. I was really happy we got to interact with the staff and products!