Who are we?

We are a family of innovators and experts here to evidence how tech can secure your independence, increase your marketability and improve your business potential. Our primary interest is to guide you through what we love! We are mentors, consultants and problem-solvers who love to play with code and show those in our community their amazing potential! In addition to our guest speakers and special offerings, we are:

Brooke Luetgert, PhD. was raised in Geneva, IL. After graduating from Geneva High School, she left for Wellesley College before continuing on to London School of Economics, and the Universities of Konstanz and Mannheim for her post-graduate studies. She has a PhD in Economics and has taught research methodology, simulation and applied game theory to graduate students for the past 18 years. She is currently a Computational Scientist at the University of Chicago. Through years of devoted curriculum development, Brooke trained hundreds of students in the power of using code to collect, analyze and visualize data. She has invested over a decade in course curriculum development and trial in multiple languages and settings. She has shared her expertise in Python, R, HTML, CSS and WordPress in an applied classroom setting since finishing her doctoral studies. Now with her own three growingly, inquisitive children, she has shifted her focus to advancing technological training and computational thinking in kids aged 8 and above. She has adapted her teaching methodology to train her own children in game creation and web design. Brooke believes that students of all ages learn through doing, rather than watching. Accordingly, her uniquely developed materials reinforce problem-solving in application.

Mehmet Cakmak is a philosopher from Istanbul, Turkey. He has taught logic as well as philosophy of mind and language at Sabancı University. CodeCraze is an opportunity for him to share his love of teaching and coding with our community. As a former physics student turned thinker and tinkerer, working with our VEX IQ bots and planning our national competition team is a dream. He is eager to push our youth to think creatively and problem-solve independently