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2024 VEX Robotics Educator Conference

The 2024 VEX Robotics Educators Conference has ended, but the ideas and inspiration gained from it lives on in classrooms and schools around the world! Learn more about this year’s conference, and get ready to join us in 2025!

Looking back…driving forward

From Keynote speakers, to workshops, 1-on-1 Sessions to networking events, the conference was filled with opportunities to engage in professional learning and community building with VEX educators and experts. Workshop attendees experiences hands-on learning, gaining lessons, tips and tricks to bring back to their classrooms. The conference offered seeds of learning that will grow throughout the year.

I loved everything about it. Seeing the World Championship was enough to make the whole trip, sub-plans, and everything else that went into coming worth it. I loved hearing from coaches, teachers, researchers, administrators, district officers, those in industry, and the DoD. It seemed that the whole spectrum of people invested in STEM education and robotics were able to share wisdom and perspective. I loved being able to play with robots during workshops to learn new skills as well…I was overwhelmed in a good way with my experience. I have so much valuable information to unpack.

- 2024 Conference attendee

Presentations

Speakers shared their knowledge and experiences with STEM education around the world with VEX. The diverse perspectives made for great conversations during networking opportunities.

I love the personal touch that the conference brings. Being able to speak with the co-founder and gain insight from the trainers was priceless.

- 2024 Conference attendee

Workshops

The addition of hands-on workshops this year let teachers be in the role of learners, as they worked together to solve coding challenges, participate in competitions, test out new products, and gain ideas and inspiration to take back to their classrooms right away.

Speakers

The expanded speaker lineup offered diverse perspectives on STEM education–sharing experiences from classrooms and schools to state and nation-wide initiatives, and more.

Louie Lopez

Louie Lopez

DoD Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering STEM (DoD)

Dr. Rebecca Grella

Dr. Rebecca Grella

Chief Executive Officer at Foundation for Equality

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Placement DoD STEM

Dr. Maya Israel

Dr. Maya Israel

Associate professor of educational technology and CS Education

University of Florida

Dr. David Weintrop

Dr. David Weintrop

Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning, Policy & Leadership

University of Maryland

Marco Diez

Marco Diez

Executive Director

Miami Dade County Public Schools

Dan Mantz

Dan Mantz

CEO of the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation

REC

Seith Ogoe Ayuim

Seith Ogoe Ayuim

CEO and Cofounder (STEM and Computing Educator)

Bountiful Technologies and Bountiful STEM Educational Foundation

Mai Vu

Mai Vu

AI Program Manager

Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley School District

Dr. Rabieh J. Hafza

Dr. Rabieh J. Hafza

Director of STEM & Innovative Practice

Henry County Schools

Belén Torres

Belén Torres

Teacher and software developer

Escuela Técnica Roberto Rocca

Marquita Jones

Marquita Jones

Assistant Principal

Phoenix STEM Military Academy

Daniel Yu

Daniel Yu

Master Shifu

Caution Tape Robotics Club

Bahiy Watson

Bahiy Watson

Mechanical Engineer

The 1881 Institute

Margarita Flores-Sicich

Margarita Flores-Sicich

Engineering Teacher and Robotics Mentor

Leander ISD: Vista Ridge High School

Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci

Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci

University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Robert Morris University

Tina Dietrich

Tina Dietrich

Director of STEAM and Innovation

Woodland Hills School District

Dr. Jimmy Lin

Dr. Jimmy Lin

Director of Computer Science Education

VEX Robotics

Ana Mihajlovic

Ana Mihajlovic

Coach and Special Education Teacher

Phoenix STEM Military Academy

Leo Painevilo

Leo Painevilo

Cybersecurity/Computer Science Teacher

Career Institute North

Frank Rivera

Frank Rivera

Curriculum Designer & STEAM Outreach Liason

8020 Education

Jimmy Benson

Jimmy Benson

Director of Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way

Christopher Schmitz

Christopher Schmitz

STEM Focus Teacher

Erie High School, St Vrain Valley Schools

Rich Schiccatano

Rich Schiccatano

Pre-K3 - 5th Grade Teacher & Curriculum Coordinator Computer Science

St. Philip’s Episcopal School

John Zappa

John Zappa

Director of Product Management

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing

Desiree White-Price

Desiree White-Price

First Grade Teacher, Edgewood STEM Academy

Woodland Hills School District

Jason McKenna

Jason McKenna

VP of Global Educational Strategy

VEX Robotics

Audra Selkowitz

Audra Selkowitz

Senior Education Developer

VEX Robotics

Aimee Defoe

Aimee Defoe

Senior Education Developer

VEX Robotics

Alaina Haws

Alaina Haws

Senior Education Developer

VEX Robotics

Continue Learning with VEX PD+

Couldn’t make the conference? Want to catch a presentation you missed? An All-Access PD+ Subscription gives you access to a wealth of conference related resources, like presentation videos, and much, much more. Keep your professional learning going with PD+ all year long!

Your PD+ All-Access Annual Subscription Includes:

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