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EV3 Lego Robotics
Design, construct and program interactive,
autonomous robots using EV3 LEGO®
motors, sensors, microprocessors, and
MindStorms® software.
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Coding | Game Design
Children will create their own
engaging and interactive video
games using Scratch, a software
developed by MIT Media Lab.
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LEGO® PRE-ROBOTICS
Share an hour with your preschooler constructing
and creating with LEGO®
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LEGO® WeDo Robotics
Students are introduced to robotics by building and
programming LEGO® projects, using sensors, motors
and LEGO®'s playful WeDo software.
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Our Mission

We ignite kids’ desire to explore, solve
problems and learn. We invent, build
and have fun with cool technologies.

robo Meet The Team

Laura Allen

Laura Allen

Founder & President

Laura has worked with teachers and students and technology for over thirty years. 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. Prior to founding Vision Education, Laura 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. Laura was named as one of the Enterprising Women of the Year in both 2006 and 2008 by Enterprising Women magazine.

NatashaSmith

Natasha Smith

Director of Finance

Natasha brings the business acumen and savvy she has gained from 12+ years of experience working in financial operations to RoboFun. She has had a wide-ranging career, having worked as Financial Operations Manager for Franchise Kings and as Financial Controls Auditor for New York Presbyterian Hospital. She holds 3 degrees, including a MBA in Accounting from Keller Graduate School. An active member of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, Natasha also donates her time and financial expertise to Dlo Pou Viv (Water for Life), a non-profit that builds wells in Haiti, and Women Who Inspire Women, a New York based collective of established female business leaders, politicians, and philanthropists. She enjoys having brunch with friends and being a homemaker.

Rena DeLevie

Rena DeLevie

Director of Operations

Rena is passionate about helping children discover their talents through technology, creativity, self-compassion, and partnership. Rena brings 30 years of operational efficiency and management leadership to Robofun based on her years with Fortune 500 companies such as JCrew, Kenneth Cole and UBS. She began her career as a graphic designer and transitioned to Operations/Management leadership roles where she discovered how much fun it can be to bring order to the chaos of creativity. Her empathetic and business-focused approach has led to her being given a few nicknames including, “Hippie MBA,” “COO of the Creative Process,” “The Vault,” and “How may I help you?”

Victoria Serbes

Victoria Serbes

Senior Program Manager

Victoria is passionate about providing students with creative and equitable spaces to learn. Victoria began teaching at Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Learning Center. She also designed the programming and curriculum for the LaGuardia Community College system’s first ever on-campus multi-subject tutoring center. Victoria has her MSW from Hunter College, with a focus in Community Organizing and Social Welfare policy and holds a BS in Health and Human Services from St. John’s University.The students at Robofun make every day brighter and inspire her to always think outside of the box!

Kelly Hynes

Kelly Hynes

HR & Recruitment Manager

Kelly has over 8 years of experience working in education. She has taught English as a second language in China and Vietnam, and managed ESL schools in Indonesia and Brazil. She is passionate about making high-quality education accessible to all students and connecting teachers with rewarding work that allows them to use their creativity. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling, reading, and practicing Portuguese.

Alex Cheney

Program Manager of Fee Based

Alex has a passion for education and providing students with the opportunity to discover their own passions. She has worked in the education field in NYC for the past 6 years. She previously oversaw arts education programming at LeAp and teacher residency programs at Success Academy Charter Schools. Alex is currently enrolled in a MBA program at Fordham University and enjoys learning something new everyday!

Jessica

Jessica Romero

Junior Program Manager

Jessica’s interest in the youth development field began early in college when she interned for The Child Center of New York in Flushing, Queens. After earning her B.A. in Psychology from Queens College University in 2006, she worked as a Site Manager for The Princeton Review, running successful after school programs throughout the city. Jessica eventually returned to The Child Center of New York, where she was promoted through several positions until she became Program Director at PS 223Q. She spends her spare time hiking, traveling, sketching, snapping photos everywhere she goes and making music mixes for her loved ones.

Marilyn Almonte

Junior Program Manager

Marilyn joined Robofun in the winter of 2013 as a Robotics and Coding instructor before becoming one of their Junior Program Managers in 2017. Before then, Marilyn taught first and second grade in Florida. She received her professional teaching license in Elementary Education (K-6) and is currently working on her Master’s in Media Arts with a concentration in film and video production. As a manager, Marilyn is passionate in aspiring students and teachers alike to have an intellectual curiosity for the world and an enduring interest to share this quality with others. She spends her free time reading, eating ice cream, and spending time with her family.

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Amber Kennedy

Onsite Program Manager

Amber was drawn to the RoboFun team through her passion for creative and innovative learning. She views technology and project based learning as a way to engage all students and ensure that they achieve to their fullest potential. Amber started her career as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in Newark’s public and charter schools. Before joining RoboFun, she also developed and managed the Extended Day program at Philip’s Academy Charter School. In her free time, Amber enjoys watching Michigan football, traveling, playing kickball, and trying new foods.

*Please note that LEGO Robotics projects cannot be taken home, but the fun and excitement generated will always be with you!
* RoboFun is not sponsored by or affliated with LEGO®