Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat

Adam Wegner and Ron Sloat have always loved to create things with their hands. Even as kids, they were inventing things, most of which didn't work out exactly as planned.

After graduating from Cal Poly State University in 2009, Adam and Ron started Trash Amps, combining their passions for engineering, design, art, and music.

Besides wanting to make a cool product, Adam and Ron have always enjoyed the intersection of education and real life. They began visiting local schools to encourage kids towards sustainability, music, engineering, and education as a whole. "When you connect education with something kids already view as "cool," education becomes cool by association. If you can show kids the end goal of what they're learning now, you just might set them on track to start their own successful companies down the road," says Adam.