280 Sunset Beach Dr | Venice, FL 34293 | 941-525-6582 | rocketburns@comcast.net 


Education

  • Pine View School for the Gifted

    • ​Currently, I am a Sophmore in High School at Pine View School for the Gifted, the top ranked school in Florida and within the top 7 ranked schools nationwide. My current schedule consists completely of Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment classes (Taken in partnership with the State College of Florida).


Experience
  • Voalte - Sarasota, Florida. April 2017 - Present day

    • ​​QA Intern

      • ​​In my position I collaborate with many teams and individuals across multiple departments to ensure that the Voalte enterprise apps and products are tested thoroughly.  I assist the QA department with a wide variety of tests to ensure that Voalte's many apps perform without issue in the high stress environment of the healthcare industry. This position emphasizes fast learning and quick thinking through the multitude of unique and challenging tests that must be performed under a tight schedule. The need to work directly with  individuals across multiple departments has greatly strengthened my communication skills as well as given me exposure to all aspects of software development from the initial design and programming stages to the QA and stress testing process. 

  • ​​Independant Consulting Through Rocket Technologies LLC. 2015 - Present Day

    • Founder of Rocket Technologies LLC

      • ​ 2016 Designed and built a fully operational logic puzzle for a local escape room based on a Chladni plate system. This project incorporated use of 3d printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing solutions, as well as CAD and software development. 

      • 2016-Present Day Designed and built a 3D printer feedstock extrusion system for use with specialized elastomers developed at the University of Minnesota.

      • 2016 Installed, set-up, and tested both a 3D printer and scanner system for local community member. Followed this with instruction on the use of and operating procedures of said 3D printer and scanner system, as well as continual support and assistance

      • 2015 Conducted research and  produced a report for my principal, Dr. Covert, on potential 3d printers to be purchased for Pine View.  Followed up with a meeting with Dr. Covert to discuss both hardware and software options related to the 3D printer purchase. This was done at his request and independently of the school.

      • 2015 On the recommendation of Dr. Covert I met with staff at Alta Vista Elementary to set up and train them on their newly acquired 3d printer systems including brainstorming ideas on how to implement 3D printing in the classroom. This included additional technical support and visitations to solve multiple issues that came up through use of the machine.


Active Certifications


Public Speaking 

  • 2016 Presented at Station 2 Innovation on the subject of starting a technology-based company

  • 2016 Presented to the Sarasota Physics Club (A group of retired physicists and industry professionals) on the applications of 3D printing.

  • 2015 Gave a TEDx talk at TEDx Riverwalk – Spoke on the subject of DIY 3D printing

  • 2015Manatee Technical Institute – gave 2 separate lectures titled “DIY 3d Printing and Computing”.  Event was attended by community leaders in the fields of Science and Entrepreneurship.  

  • 2013Field Club of Sarasota - invited to speak to the newly elected Board of Directors of the Sarasota County Education Foundation on what their support of the County Science Fair has meant to me. 

 

Workshops 

  • Wrote the curriculum for and taught a Christmas themed electronics Workshop at the Suncoast Science Center

    • ​Instructed all ages on Manhattan Style circuit board production complete with examples  as well as a takeaway project

  • Invited to Venice Elementary School to give the following workshops:
    • 2012 Science Fair education workshop to 3rd grade gifted class at Venice Elementary – including examples of my previous projects as well as brainstorming student ideas for science fair projects 

    • 2013 Science Fair education workshop to 3rd grade gifted class at Venice Elementary – including examples of my previous projects as well as brainstorming student ideas for science fair projects 

    • 2014 Electricity/Energy workshop to 5th grade gifted class at Venice Elementary – showcasing a Van De Graf generator and my Tesla Coil I built for the 6th grade science fair. 

 
Teaching/Volunteering 

Suncoast Science Center 

  • 2017 Developed the lesson plan for and taught two weeks of a rocketry-themed summer camp as well as two weeks of a beginning and advanced Arduino-based summer camp. During both of these camps I led teams of 5 volunteers. This allowed me to strengthen my leadership and team-building skills. 

  • 2016 Developed lesson plan for and taught four weeks of an electronics camp to 4th-8th grade students

  • Over 200 hours of volunteer work at the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber fab lab achieved

Elementary STEM Club 

  • 2013-2014 Along with Mrs. Gould-Olson,  a teacher at Pine View, I taught the Lego Mindstorms robots to 4th and 5th grade STEM club members once a week throughout the school year and produced a final showcase for families in the spring. 

  • 2014-2015 Along with Mrs. Gould-Olson I taught the Lego Mindstorms robots to 4th and 5th grade STEM club members once a week throughout the school year and produced a final showcase for families in the spring.  Demonstrated 3D printing to club members and produced 3D printed awards for all teams.

Pine View Robotics Camp 

  • 2014 Along with Mr. Gleitz (A Pine View teacher), I taught introductory robotics using Lego Mindstorms to 4th, 5th and 6th graders for (2) 1 week long summer camp sessions. 

  • 2015 Developed lesson plans and constructed all challenges for both introductory and intermediate robotics for the Pine View Robot summer camp, taking over from Mr. Gleitz.

  • 2015 Taught introductory robotics using Lego Mindstorms to 4th, 5th and 6th graders for (2) 1 week long summer camp sessions. 


Club Affiliation
2013-2015 Member of Middle School Robotics Club and FLL Competition Team,receiving a regional teamwork award 
2014-2015 Member of Pine View TARC team, qualifying for the National Rocketry completion in Washington D.C. 

  • While on the team I served as Propulsion Expert -  becoming experienced with explosives and rocket engine design

2015-2016 Member Suncoast Science Center TARC team 

  • While on the team I served as Propulsion Expert - this year I was able to hone my skills  and focus on the calculation of optimal propulsion loads

2016-2017 Member Suncoast Science Center TARC team v2

  • ​While on the team I served as Propulsion Expert -  This year I was able to  refine my design and fabrication skills as I focused equally on the construction of the rocket body and systems as well as propulsion

2016-2017 Member of Jungle Robotics, a FRC competitive robotics team

  • ​While a part of Jungle I served as Captain of Electrical Systems. This meant that in addition to collaborating with the team on the mechanical fabrication of the robot I designed, implemented, and oversaw the maintenance of our robot's electrical system. This position required that I have an intimate knowledge of the entire robot system and be able to quickly and completely diagnose and fix issues under a tight schedule. See my portfolio for details on the complexities of the system.


Commisions, 3D printing, and more

Rocket Burns

"He is operating at the level of an advanced undergraduate engineering student. Incredible.”
                                                                                      -Marc Hillmyer, PhD, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
                                                                                      Distinguished McNight University Professor