MARSfarm provides educational solutions to help teachers increase student engagement with STEM. We aim to inspire students to become future problem solvers. With a long-term vision of identifying the most suitable crops for research in deep space, our kits will enable hands-on learning about everything from plant physiology to computer science while educating the next generation of problem-solvers.
MARSfarm was founded when Drew Thomas and Peter Webb met at a maker-space in St. Louis. They immediately bonded over their love of agriculture, robotics, space, and education. Peter was originally working with the open source agriculture movement and was in the process of developing the open source food computer. After he met Drew, they both realized that there was more work to be done if more students would be able to access these technologies. Thus became MARSfarm. The company has since grown to add two more founding members and a team of interns.
Meet the Team
CEO & Co-Founder
Peter’s background STEMs from databases and DIY prototyping. Peter graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with a business degree in Information Systems. He has been practicing project-based learning all of his life. Peter believes that the best way to teach is to create an environment that is optimal to grow and learn, just like our food computers!
COO & Co-Founder
Drew’s background STEMs from technical design and manufacturing. Drew studied engineering at Missouri S&T and later went on to study scaled manufacturing at Ranken. He brings his love of space exploration and responsible agriculture to the team. Fun fact: in a typical romantic startup move, Drew converted his entire apartment to house and operate all of MARSfarm’s equipment.
Drew Dubis, or Drew II, is a student at the University of Missouri St. Louis where he is studying Strategic Communication and Visual Storytelling. Drew has a passion for using these skills to help communicate the mission of those trying to create positive change in the world. He does all of the content creation for MARSfarm and manages all of our social media accounts. Chances are, if you’ve interacted with us online, you’ve been talking to Drew!
Mary is the most recent member of MARSfarm. Her background STEMs from teaching and a wide range of curriculum development. Fun fact: Mary has been developing curriculum for the World Schools Debate League for over 4 years!