Ray Ames is the founder and has served since 2017 as the Executive Director of Young Thinkers of York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing robotics and engineering along with other STEAM youth programs into the City of York. Three years ago, Ray set out to become the connector of young people and robotics in York City. Known as the “Robot Guy” to so many students and parents, he has provided lessons to over 500 students in and around York.
Ray is best known for creating a FIRST LEGO League robotics team in York City called the RoboThinkers. Over the past 2 years his teams have won 8 awards and in 2019 was the 1st team in York County to ever compete in a national FLL competition.
Before devoting his work fulltime to Young Thinkers of York, Ray was the president of The Central Penn Business Group, a marketing company serving small businesses in York. After seeing the importance of STEM and early introduction of workforce development skillsets, Ray decided to direct his attention to helping expose as many young people as possible to robotics and engineering through his afterschool program.
Ray is a graduate of Penn State University with a BS in Business and a minor in Information Sciences & Technology. He has taught a classroom robotics course at York College to prepare future teachers with bringing robotics into their classrooms. Ray also serves as a board member for the York YWCA.
Ray enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family and has been a resident of York since 2002.