Laura Allen is the Founder and President at Vision Education & Media (VEM) / RoboFun (New York)
Ms. Allen has worked with teachers and students for over twenty-six years, creating some of the field’s most effective solutions for using technology as a tool for learning and teaching. An early interest in LOGO programming led Laura to the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she collaborated on projects with the MIT Media Laboratory and the mathematician and educator, Dr. Seymour Papert, the founder of LOGO programming and one of the world’s foremost experts on instructional technologies. As well as with Dr. Mitchel Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group.
Laura Allen studied at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Teachers College (Columbia University), and Lesley College.
She is an active member of the Maker movement and improving STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) education. Laura was named as one of the Enterprising Women of the Year in both 2006 and 2008 by Enterprising Women magazine.
Prior to founding Vision Education & Media, Ms. Allen directed the Computer Department at The Buckley School in Manhattan for fourteen years and was Director of the Technology Program at the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School for two. Ms. Allen founded and directed of The Stonington Retreat, an international summer technology institute for educators, which has ran for thirteen years (1996 – 2009). She developed the concept and curriculum for the YWCA’s TechGYRLS program, a national initiative for girls ages 9 – 13 that is currently running in over 55 YWCA’s across the country.