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Chris Schlesselman went from being a Mechanical Engineer to teaching English overseas to now teaching Physics, Engineering, and Robotics for the Technology & Engineering Design Academy at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento. He believes that all students learn when they are given access to knowledge and skills as a tool for building something rather than a requirement for getting a good grade on a test. Through the process of designing and building things (both physically and intellectually) and the failures and successes that go with that, stronger, more empowered people are made.