Allen Piyanan (Introduction to
Robotics): An honors student studying mechanical engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New
York University, has participated in a number of design competitions
while matriculating at NYU Poly, including development of a Search and Recovery Robot
(SRR), proposing alternate designs for a V-Twin Engine, and
developing a prototype aircraft carrier mechanical airplane launcher. A member
of the Thai Society of New York, Mr. Piyanan is a recipient of
NYU-Poly’s prestigious Promise Scholarship.
Carlton Cyrus Ward (Circus Arts) is a dancer, circus performer and actor from the woods of northern Vermont. He
moved to New York City 14 years ago to study theater at NYU’s Tisch School of
the Arts. He is currently performing with Third Rail Project in “Then She
Fell”. Mr. Ward was recently in The Artigiani Troupe’s “That Beautiful Laugh”
and Phantom Limb’s “69 S.” at BAM. He also works with Circus Amok, Becky Radway
Dance Projects, and El Gato Teatro. In the past he has worked with
Christopher Williams, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Ateh Theater Company,
Proto-type Theater Inc., Freefall, Alex Bag, Maureen Fleming, and Gary Indiana.
In his free time he has also been known to direct and choreograph.
Chetara Murphy (Swimming) has taught
many different levels of swimming through the years, specializing in teaching
toddler-swimming fundamentals. Ms. Murphy is trained in Water Safety, Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and AED use, all attained through the American Red Cross. Since 2006, Ms. Murphy has served as Head Lifeguard at LIU Brooklyn.
Eli Brandwein (Product Design) is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comic author. Recently graduated from Pratt Institute ('12), he is currently freelancing while working on his self-published comic Claws.
Felicia Reynolds (Swimming) is an American Red Cross certified Water Safety
Instructor and Lifeguard. Ms. Reynolds has been a lifeguard for five years
and a swimming instructor for one year. Felicia has taught all
levels of swimming in both group and private settings and particularly enjoys
classes involving toddlers. Before becoming an American Red Cross Water
Safety Instructor, Felicia spent her summers aiding swim instruction at summer
camps and volunteering at local pools in her native New Jersey.
Hedy Shum Fung (Mandarin) is a native Cantonese and Mandarin speaker who
has experience teaching Chinese and English to children of various ages at the
HKMLC Queen Maud Secondary School in Hong Kong. Ms. Fung, now a pharmacy major
in LIU Brooklyn’s Health Sciences department, has experience working with
children ages 5 through 12 and looks forward to her first summer as part of the
Children’s Academy faculty.
Joshua Vizzi (Design and
Build) is a practicing architectural designer who has worked on buildings in
New York, California, Seattle, Washington D.C, Europe, and Africa. Mr. Vizzi
has designed and constructed sustainable housing for the U.S. Solar Decathlon
and served as a jurist at the School of Visual Arts. Joshua graduated with a
Bachelor’s of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mahmoud Raslan (Intermediate Robotics) is a senior Digital Media student at NYU-Poly who has built a variety of robots, including small sumo robots and animatronic puppets, for competitions or for firefighting and other practical applications. In addition to building robots, Mahmoud is also a F.I.R.S.T robotics mentor to local high school students.
Michael Murphy (Lemonade Stand 101) is a
Marketing and Advertising Professional who has worked for legendary advertising
agency Young & Rubicam and has been fortunate enough to practice his
profession in five different countries. Mike has worked on brands like Colgate,
Mattel and Citibank and has experience in product development, product design,
marketing and advertising. Mike graduated with a Bachelor’s of English
and History from the University of Toronto.
Brito (Spanish) holds
a Bachelor’s degree in education as well as a Master’s degree in early
childhood education. Ms. Brito has extensive experience as a teacher in public
and private schools in Tenerife, Spain. Additionally, she has developed
programs in children’s nutrition. Recently, Noelia has been learning English at
Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) with the goal of returning to Spain to
teach English to children.
Reynaldo Vargas (Video Game
Design) is a game designer and educator who is interested in teaching children
systems thinking and game design. Mr. Vargas is a senior at New York University
studying philosophy, critical theory, games studies and game design. His sport,
Staccato, is an 2012 IndieCade finalist and his video game Super Atomico 1990
was recently released on Facebook. His personal website/portfolio can be seen