Technology/STEM Expo

Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
Sacramento Convention Center - Expo Pavilion, Exhibit Hall on #200 aisle


Expos are made up of 45-minute poster sessions organized around broad programming and/or particular audiences. Poster Sessions provide an opportunity for a small group of attendees to interact in an informal environment with a subject matter expert. Presenters illustrate their content by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams and a small amount of text on poster boards.

Poster 01: "Honoring International Day of the Girl with STEAM Education," Nancy McIntyre, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation; Judy Nguyen & Bre Smith, All Covered Education

Poster 02: "Teaching 21st Century Skills Through Competitive Robotics," Nancy McIntyre, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

Poster 03: "Gamification of Blended Learning for English Learners," Richard Thomas, New Horizons Charter Academy

Poster 04: "Gap-Filling Math that Students Love: Best Practices for Better Math Results," Lauren Bonvini, Whizz Education; Tim Strauch, Community Outreach Academy

Poster 05: "Let kids know they're not alone," Amanda King, Gale/Cengage

Poster 06: "Teacher Tools to Track and Improve Student Achievement," Annice Weinstein, EdTec, Inc.

Topic: Technology/STEM Expo

Presented by

Lauren Bonvini Lauren Bonvini, Whizz Education

Lauren Bonvini has years of teaching and tutoring experience. She graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in biology and a minor in math, while serving as a teaching assistant in calculus and ecology. Lauren has served as a classroom teacher, a 1:1 tutor, a business owner, and a researcher in biology and psychology labs. Through her experience teaching and tutoring, Lauren understands the challenges teachers, parents, and administrators face in math education today. As an educational consultant, she’s passionate about helping students achieve their goals and reach their potential!

Amanda King Amanda King, Gale/Cengage

Amanda taught for 9 years as an elementary and Special Education teacher in San Francisco and New York City. She has Masters degrees in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from New York University and a BA from The Pennsylvania State University. She's passionate about helping students and teachers learn and grow, and she's currently an Education Consultant, working closely with educators on integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning.

Nancy McIntyre Nancy McIntyre, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

Nancy joined the foundation in the summer of 2012 after a 23-year career as a teacher, administrator, coach and robotics mentor. As a credentialed educator she has helped to develop the foundations online curriculum, the engineering notebooks, and has worked with teachers around the world to empower them to successfully incorporate VEX Robotics teams on their school campuses. Additional foundation initiatives that Nancy has played a role in the development of include the Online Challenges, the STEM Hall of Fame and Girl Powered.

Judy Nguyen Judy Nguyen, All Covered Education

Judy Nguyen is a Teaching and Learning Consultant for All Covered Education. Judy has been an educator for over 15 years. Prior to joining All Covered Education, she taught in a 1:1 laptop and interactive white board environment at Rosary High School. When Rosary adopted a campus-wide 1:1 laptop program, Judy accepted the position as Director of Educational Technology. In this role, she was part of a 1:1 implementation, supported teachers with blended and flipped instruction, and developed an online summer and elective program. Judy passionately loves working with schools and teachers to accomplish their educational goals.

Bre Smith Bre Smith, All Covered Education

Bre Smith is an IT Services Consultant for All Covered Education, who provides IT and Educational Technology support for school districts and organizations. As an After School Program Coordinator, Bre focused on integrating technology. Eventually, her programs operated on a 1:1 device ratio, using the Google Suite to provide students a technology driven experience. Additionally, Bre serviced families in the supplemental education space. As a Director of Education, she maintained the educational integrity of learning programs. Bre also specialized in teaching Coding, Robotics and Engineering. Bre enjoys working with schools and staff to reach their full Educational Technology potential.

Tim Strauch Tim Strauch, Community Outreach Academy

Tim Strauch currently serves as technology leader and student advisor and holds a multiple subject credential and Masters of Education. He has served as a classroom teacher, technology coach, and vice-principal. His awards include KXTV’s Teacher of the Month and a feature on FOX 40’s “Salute to Service” for creativity and inspiration. Tim comes from a long line of educators; in fact, Hazel Strauch School in the Twin Rivers USD is named after Tim’s great-great aunt. Before teaching, Tim performed at Disneyland and Six Flags as world famous characters, and he was the Sacramento River Cats mascot, earning TWO championship rings!

Richard Thomas Richard Thomas, New Horizons Charter Academy

Executive Director of New Horizons Charter Academy. 21 years as educator in Unified School Districts, Alternative Education and Charter Schools. 15 years experience as Chief Financial Officer prior to Education career. Opened BLAST schools at High School, Middle School and Elementary.

Annice Weinstein Annice Weinstein, EdTec, Inc.

In her role with EdTec, Annice has been assisting charter schools with analyzing and presenting their achievement data for renewals, WASC and grant proposals for over a decade. She also has expertise in the development and implementation of assessment systems for schools, such as IO, Illuminate, and DataDirector. Prior to joining EdTec, Annice managed Kaplan K12's student assessment system, and developed curriculum for LeapFrog SchoolHouse and Computer Curriculum Corporation.