BadgerBOTS Robotics is primarily a volunteer organization. The individuals involved in the organization have a passion for working with youth and a desire to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to students and adults throughout Dane County.

PRESIDENT, Interim Executive Director and Board Member : Ben Senson
Mr. Senson is the founder of BadgerBOTS and a Madison Memorial High School (Project Lead the Way) Aerospace Engineering, Physics and Integrated Science teacher. Mr. Senson is also a PLTW Aerospace Engineering Master Teacher and curriculum developer.  He is the author of “Aerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up”.  He is a tireless advocate for science and technology education. His passion and talents for engaging and inspiring students of all ages in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is contagious and genuine. He has three children who are actively involved in the organization. Several of his earlier teaching accomplishments were detailed in a 2008 Isthmus cover story.

Executive Director : A Current Opportunity to Get Involved
The executive director position is a paid position with BadgerBOTS. If you are interesting in finding out more let us know.



Teri Hedges

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
Jeff Bartig

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
Eric Richards




SECRETARY: Teri Hedges
Ms. Hedges is a science resource teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District and has been actively involved in the organization for a number of years. Ms. Hedges is currently the FLL Program Director and Summer Day Camp Co-Director.



David Fanson 

Mr. Fanson is a senior project manager at CUNA Mutual and has worked in the IT industry for over 17 years. He has a BA and MBA from UW-Madison and has traveled extensively as an IT consultant. He has served as a finance mentor for FRC team 1306 since 2013 and joined the BadgerBOTS board as Chairman in 2014.

Jeff Bartig

Mr. Bartig is a Network Architect for the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has served the UW for over 20 years in a variety of IT roles. He is also the director of the First Tech Challenge (FTC) program at BadgerBOTS as well as head referee in the First Lego League (FLL) program. He has two children that have been active in BadgerBOTS. He has served on the board since 2012.

Karina Burkard

Ms. Burkard is currently a stay-at-home mom and her children have been very active in the BadgerBOTS First Lego League program. Karina has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester. She has extensive non-profit experience in parent support organizations, serving on boards and in officer roles. She joined the BadgerBOTS board in 2014.

Rory Foster

Mr. Foster is a patent attorney focusing on mechanical devices, hydraulics, controls, and other technology and previously worked as a mechanical engineer. He received his engineering degree from MIT and his law degree from Harvard. He started with BadgerBOTS as a mentor for a community center robotics club and is committed to expanding STEM opportunities for all children.


Christie Lin

Ms. Lin is a PhD candidate in medical physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught physics at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, volunteered with the Science Club for Girls in Boston, and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nuclear science and engineering. She is a mentor for BadgerBOTS FRC Team 1306 and joined the board in 2014.