All our projects

SELECTED PROJECTS

Scratch Animation and Video Game Design Curriculum: We were contracted by the MIT Media Lab, Lifelong Kindergarten group to write the reference manual for SCRATCH, a programming environment created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group. Our work, 20 pages in length, consisted of writing a series of explanations for using scratch including FAQ section, and simple explanations of key concepts for programming.

NYC Department of Education: We have partnered with them for the past 15 years. As a licensed contractor, we have provided service to over 60 schools in the New York City area, in some of the city’s most challenging schools. Currently we are running programs to support the teaching of STEM and Common Core.

Dell Inc.: Dell Computers has used VEM as their professional development partner for New York City Schools. In this role we have been Dell’s official partner for deploying professional development workshops for public school teachers and administrators.

Bell (Building Educated Leaders for Life): it is a community based organization (CBO) that provides schools and community centers with supplemental programming. In 2012, Bell asked VEM to create and implement a summer video game program for 80 students.

YWCA. VME develop the concept and curriculum for the YWCA’s TechGyrls program, a national initiative for girls age 9-13 that is currently running in over 55 YMCA’s across the country.

The Stonington Retreat: Ms. Allen founded and directed an international summer technology intritute for educators which has run for thirteen years (1996-2009)

Barnard College: Vision Education & Media and Barnard College have partnered to deliver NXT LEGO Robotics and Scratch Animation and Video Game Design to students at P.S./M.S. 165 – Robert E. Simon School.

NIA Community Services Network: Vision Education & Media is also working with NIA Community Services to deliver PreRobotics to 1st and 2nd graders and NXT LEGO Robotics to 3rd and 4th graders at P.S. 112 Lefferts Park.

Newark Public Schools: From 2005 – 2010 Vision Education & Media staff worked with the Newark Office of Instructional Technology to provide ongoing support for the First Lego League Competition. Our support consisted of visits to 20 schools participating in the competition to help students and teachers prepare. Additionally, we ran a series of trainings for New Jersey Institute of Technology undergraduate assistants, to understand the programming and building challenges.

Our work resulted in over 20 teams participating in the FLL challenge and continuing to the citywide event.

MIT Media Lab:

Vision Education and Media has contributed to the MIT Media Lab’s documentation of Scratch. For two years, Mitchel Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group, has given a hands-on demonstration at VEM Stonington Retreat. Vision staff have gone up to the MIT Media Lab to assist in Scratch and PicoCricket trainings.

LEGO CURRICULA

The Young Inventors Project, on the use of Lego Mindstorms NXT in creative projects for Middle School kids.

 

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