"Successfully Scaling the  F1 in Schools STEM Challenge in Texas and the United States"
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DOWNSHIFT...Into STEM

...Then Accelerate Your Learning

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

DOWNSHIFT…Into STEM’s CEO, Juan M. Gonzalez is an experienced educator with twenty years in public education including six years as the Administrator for the only Texas Education Agency “Designated” T-STEM Academy in the Austin Independent School District from 2012 to 2015.

He successfully wrote and was awarded grants in excess of $375,000.00 in support of and to build upon the exceptional work of his students in such programs as the nationally accredited Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical and Engineering Programs as well as "Out-of-School Time (OST)" programs such as BEST Robotics, FIRST Robotics, VEX Robotics, Formula 1’s F1iS and SAE International’s FormulaSAE Competition.


His work to inspire his students to innovate was recognized through their achievement of multiple FIRST Robotics Regional Awards for Creativity and "F1 in Schools" Texas Regional Awards for "Fastest Car(s)" and "Best Engineered" Cars as well as "F1 in Schools" U.S. Nationals Award for Best Verbal Presentation and a World Finals Award for Team Identity. 

Our Team

Our "F1 in Schools" Alumni are Putting Their Education & Skills to Work, Now, for Their Future

Stephanie Ferguson

Interning Director
DS Event Planning

Stephanie Ferguson, Texas A&M University Class '18

Interning Director, Event Planning, F1iS TX Regional and U.S. Western Nationals

DOWNSHIFT...Into STEM:  stephanie.ferguson@distem.net


Howdy! My name is Stephanie Ferguson and I was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and raised in San Angelo, Texas. As a Junior at Texas A&M University in College Station, I am studying Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences and hope to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in the Fall of 2018.


Before arriving in Aggieland, I attended the W. Charles Akins High School T-STEM Academy in Austin, Texas.  My freshman year I joined a club called Robotics and was more than mesmerized by the unique twist of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  During my Junior and Senior year, I served as Project Manager for our, now, Mechatronics program overseeing our efforts in FIRST Robotics, F1 in Schools and FormulaSAE.  While managing project teams for highly sophisticated and task-oriented challenges was rewarding, I found the not so always smooth movement of all the "working parts" from the  initial stages of our design process (RADIOS) to the development of a prototype, then a functioning end product was absolutely the most exhilarating of all my experiences. 

Hannah Holder

Interning Director
DS External Operations

Hannah Holder, Texas A&M University Class '19

Interning Director, External Operations

DOWNSHIFT...Into STEM:  hannah.holder1@distem.net


Howdy!  My name is Hannah Holder, I was born in Austin, Texas and raised just about everywhere including California, Oklahoma and Texas.  I am currently studying Business Management at Texas A&M University and am planning to graduate in 2019.

Prior to college, I was a member of the W. Charles Akins High School Mechatronics team.  I served as the Project Manager for the Formula SAE team and Marketing Manager for the F1 in Schools team.  I learned many valuable skills working with this team continuing on to be a Race Intern for Mr. Bill Dollahite at Driveway Austin Motorsports and a Welder/ Fabricator with Mr. Kevin Waddell at Waddell Welding.  After graduating from A&M, I hope to continue my work with DOWNSHIFT...into STEM and make a difference in the lives of students participating in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.


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