Becky has worked across a spectrum of educational settings: murals workshops with New York graffiti artists; teaching hardware/software courses; to MFA and BFA students at Parsons School of Art, Media, and Technology; offering soft circuitry workshops in New York City public schools; and game design and soft circuit workshops for adolescents with special needs. She is currently pursuing her second Masters, M.S. Ed in Special Education (9-12), and is researching how computational-thinking and systems-thinking, married with technology-based art forms, can serve as a platform for integrated curriculum. Becky explores pathways of data and implications of perception in pedagogy, tactility, and audio/visual experiences. Conceptual domains of her art work encompass subcultures, drawing machines, and feedback loops. The mediums include hardware/software setups, drawings, and soft circuitry. Some recent work have been illustrations with game collective Local No. 12, Metagame a card game about video games, and soft circuitry consultation and fabrication with fashion designer Norma Kamali.
Mark Dzula is an Art Educator studying to complete his doctoral dissertation at Teachers College, Columbia University. His interests include appropriation as an art practice and its educational implications, as well as further intersections of art, technology, and education. He is a lead teaching artist for "Tech Kids Unlimited" a digital animation camp for students with autism aged 8-14. As the director of Jukebox Radio, he leads a children's performance group that utilizes shadow puppets, projections, and music to celebrate family events at museums and cultural institutions. Finally, he works extensively as a freelance museum educator with institutions all around New York City including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Amanda Kayam is currently employed at the 14th Street Y as the Special Needs Coordinator, responsible for creating and developing the special needs program. She has 5-years experience in the field of special needs, particularly in the area of developmental disabilities such as Autism, PDD-NOS, learning disability, and ADHD. Amanda holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from Hunter College, New York, NY and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Human Development from Wheelock College, Boston, MA.
She is a licensed teacher in New York and Massachusetts and is in the process of receiving her license in social work in New Jersey and New York.
Beth Rosenberg is an educator who focuses her practice on art/culture, technology and special needs/ access. She has a masters in art history and a masters in educational technology from Pace University. She has taught pre-k through graduate school. For the past three years, she has focused on teaching technology to special needs students. She is on the faculty of The Dalton School and NYU-POLY. See more about her at: www.edubeth.net.
The camp will also be staffed by additional Pace University Undergraduate and Graduate Students and High School Students.