Mark Westlake is the honors physics teacher at Saint Thomas Academy (Mendota Heights, Minnesota), serves as moderator of the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team, and is a Lemelson-MIT Master Teacher who helps with the InvenTeam initiative. When he isn’t fretting about where the next donation is going to come from or how much welding his students will send him home with, he serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Solar Car Challenge Foundation, writes a blog for National Geographic, and fosters invention in educators and students all over the United States. Mark lives with his wife Rebecca and their five children in Lakeville, Minnesota. The Minnesota Chapter of the Air Force Association named him the 2014-2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year on May 15, 2015.