Sarah came up with the idea of The Robot Garage as a mom trying to nurture her children's interests. She grew up with little interest in STEM, taking a lot of art classes, eventually getting a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and then pursuing her dream to work in the fashion industry. Sarah spent 10 years in NY as the VP of Merchandising for several companies, then packed up a rental car with her husband, Jonathan, and their Wheaten, Tommy, to move home to Detroit to raise their three daughters. She began volunteering as a docent at the Detroit Institute of Art and fell in love with youth education…specifically watching kids' eyes light up when they started to learn about something brand new. Sarah became fascinated with the way art was taught – sometimes in incredibly boring ways for kids, and other times in thoroughly engaging ways. She worked as the Development Director for a non-profit art center when she realized there was no place like the art center for kids like her own, who loved technology, building, and tinkering.
After watching her daughters participate in First LEGO League robotics tournaments and watching Jonathan's enthusiasm coaching the teams, she and her family came up with the idea of The Robot Garage. She thought she'd spend a year helping to launch the business and then move back into the art world. That was 10 years ago, and her passion for The Robot Garage has only grown since then. Quick to refer to the engineering experts and teachers on her team, Sarah focuses on customer service, community outreach, and anything having to do with people.