To create a world that champions both the arts and sciences as creative outlets for developing well-rounded, passionate problem-solvers.
Gique is an MIT-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) which exists to engage students in creative, hands-on curricula, experiments and activities that develop their passion and potential to succeed in science, technology, engineering, art + design, and math (STEAM).
We believe all students deserve access to enriching opportunities and experiences needed to be successful in life, especially in underserved urban areas. We are committed to building the type of local and global learning communities that cultivate STEAM-powered innovators.
We promise to elevate awareness of the importance of STEAM in public and charter education systems with all of our educational resources. We aim to uplift our students in ways that are culturally responsive, adapt to their unique needs, and are meaningful to their communities and everyday lives.
By providing free, hands-on educational programs and mentorship to youth from diverse circumstances, talented young people in Boston learn the skills necessary to become culture creators, rather than just consumers.
“Study the science of art. Study the art of science.
Develop your senses- especially learn how to see.
Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
— Leonardo da Vinci
Meet Our Team
Danielle Olson | BIO
Founder + President
Danielle Olson is a Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MIT and works as a Research Assistant in the Imagination, Computation, and Expressions (ICE) Lab within the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Danielle graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from MIT in 2014. While at MIT, — in addition to founding Gique — Danielle served as an MIT Media Lab researcher, MIT Cheerleading Squad Captain, & first Student Ambassador to the MIT Office of Minority Education. Following her graduation from MIT, Danielle worked as a Program Manager at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center. Danielle has also previously worked as Summer Program Coordinator for the MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) at the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs.
Phil Getzen | BIO
Co-Founder + Vice President
Phil Getzen is a Product Manager at Twitter where he works for the video consumption team based in Cambridge, MA. His past experiences include working as a Program Manager at Microsoft and a Campus Representative for Apple at Michigan State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science in 2013. He is also a Founder and former Developer for TempoRun, LLC, which produces iOS apps.
Ashli Davis-Polanco | BIO
Co-Founder + Executive Director
Ashli is a Boston native who enjoys combining her love for dance with her passion for STEM. She attended Boston and Lowell Public schools before attending MIT, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2012. While at MIT, Ashli performed and competed with several hip-hop dance teams at MIT and throughout Boston area. She has previously worked as a Process Development Associate at the Broad Institute's Technology Development Lab and is now pursuing her PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She is also a licensed Zumba choreographer instructor in Boston.
Vanessa Gregorchik | BIO
Vanessa Gregorchik is an undergraduate student at Northeastern University where she is studying Interaction Design. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, where she was involved with her high school's yearbook and several independent magazines. At Northeastern, she is looking forward to getting involved with the campus music magazine and design studio. She is passionate about photography and graphic design and using them for a greater purpose.
Annie Garcia | BIO
Education Program Intern
Annie is an undergraduate student at Wellesley College where she is studying Environmental Studies and Environmental Engineering. She is from Laredo, Texas where she was actively involved in a local environmental organization and her high school’s drama club. She hopes to one day enter the fields of energy and construction. Her passions lie with with renewable design, environmental activism, sewing, and baking.
Thank You To Our Advisors!
Lou Goldish, Peter Dublin — MIT Venture Mentoring Services
Judy Sanford, Maureen O'Connell — Cone Communications
Nina Kryza, Justin Broxton — IBM