Dallas Cowboy fan Hermann Kreimann wears a coat of many colors.
A veteran of the Iraq War, he worked for the US military as a sergeant who specialized in joint node network management, computer networking and satellite communications. Kreimann provided communications and radio support to the troops of the 101st airborne stationed in Sadr City, Iraq.
He’s also the director of Ice Cold Cornhole, an adult cornhole league that’s increasingly growing in popularity. An avid football fan, Kreimann also worked as a coach helping young athletes realise their potential.
Kreimann is an alumnus of Rio Hondo Community College in Chaffey College where he studied general education and computer networking to further advance the technical skills he acquired during his time in the military.
He says, “I just love it. I’ve always been tech-savvy and fascinated with gadgets and computers, but my biggest passion right now is my robotics company.”
What had started off as a science summer camp just a few years back, Kreimann’s company has since expanded to training over 2000 students across 35 schools every year.
His goals go beyond the ambit of mere business as he states, “robotics helps a lot of kids and gives them an outlet to represent their schools and to feel a sense of accomplishment.” It is this holistic development that he is able to foster in his students that is most satisfying to him.
Kreimann adds, “our students are given hands-on opportunities to understand the hardware as well as the software that goes into creating a robot, something that is generally lacking in most classroom environments.”
Kreimann says the practical learning approach, “nurtures critical thinking and problem-solving skills amongst students – skills that help to prepare them not just for robotics competitions, but for life.”
Kreimann’s company has developed over 20 courses of their own and are in the process of creating their own sumo robotics kit for robotic competitions.
The entrepreneur explains enthusiastically, “It’s a unique robot that can be coded step-by-step and we are in the process of finalizing the building manuals for it.”
He also understands that interest might not be sufficient to make training in robotics accessible to many students due to the technical complexities involved in building them.
It is for this reason that his company is committed to developing user-friendly manuals that people with little to no expertise in the field of robotics can learn from and master.
Kreimann says their latest product is tentatively named the USEL Sumo Bot.
“It’s going to be an easy robot to code and an easy robot to build, but difficult to master in competitions.”