November 21, 2014
2:00 pmto3:30 pm
RoboFun Recruitment – MAKING + CODING WITH KIDS
Fri, Nov 21
2pm – 3:30pm
ITP Meeting Room
Do you want to inspire children to become coders and makers? Are you interested in writing curriculum, designing technology for young people to use, or teaching?
Come hear about RoboFun, an educational company that runs 70+ creative after-school programs using emerging technologies for PK-12th grade throughout NYC. We engage students in hands-on learning that helps them to think and problem solve logically and creatively like engineers. We will share the exciting work we are currently doing in our after school clubs, as well as our new work and in classrooms during the academic day. We will also discuss some of the cutting edge technology we are considering adopting, including Primo, Sparki, SAM, Play-I, Poppet, KIBO and MiroBot.
RoboFun is always looking for part-time teachers for our clubs, particularly creative, technologically savvy people with experience leading groups of young people. This presentation will be a great chance for ITP students or alumni to hear about RoboFun and see if a teaching job with us might be a good fit! Please visit our website for more info:
EJ Park
Eun Jung (EJ) Park has been writing robotics curricula for Vision Education & Media | RoboFun since 2010. To do this, she designs LEGO robots and creates step-by-step blueprints that show children how to construct them. EJ recently published her own book, Exploring LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3: Tools and Techniques for Building and Programming Robots. She hopes that her work provides students with opportunities to develop their creativity and encourage scientific curiosity through robotics and coding. EJ traveled from Seoul, Korea to attend ITP, during which time, she started building mechanical moving sculptures called “automatons” and explored various mechanical elements such as gears, cams, and pulleys in her creations. You can see her work at
Lisa Whitmer
Lisa Whitmer is the Program Director at RoboFun, where uses her 16 years of educational experience to make sure all 70+ off-site programs that teaching emerging technologies to children are running smoothly. Before coming to RoboFun, Lisa taught high school history, produced documentaries for the Media Factory, an Emmy award-winning video production company, and worked as a video  teaching artist and project manager with organizations including Adobe Youth Voices, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Center for Digital Storytelling, and BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn’s community media center. Lisa holds a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and an MA in Education from San Francisco State University.


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