Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

Chris grew up in Georgia with a love of science and making cool things.  His passion for project-based learning started early—it was shaped in part by an early-education experience packed full of challenging extracurricular activities and opportunities such as Georgia’s Governors Honors Program. (Chris majored in Science of course!)  Chris attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 2001 with a degree in Control Systems Engineering in the robotics track.  He then served as a Surface Warfare Officer and traveled the world before transitioning to civil service in 2008 as a Weapon Systems Engineer at NAVSEA in the Systems, Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering field.  In his roles at NAVSEA, Chris gained engineering and project management experience while enjoying opportunities to work on several “Future Initiatives.”  From 2008 to 2016, Chris also served as a STEM Outreach Coordinator for NAVSEA and founded a nonprofit that established several robotics teams and a few makerspaces. Chris’s current focus is Idea7, a business he founded to improve STEAM education through fun hands-on learning. (And so he could spend more time playing with robots and 3d printers!)