Chris and Vivian Tai, the owners of Computer Adventures – Bits, Bytes & Bots Westchester, have lived with their three children, Alison, Beverly and Dylan in the Westchester county since 1999. Being conscientious parents, Chris and Vivian are constantly looking for ways to enrich their children’s educational experiences. They were looking for “fun” technology classes that teach conceptualization, design, creativity and problem-solving. When they did not find what they were looking for, they started their own business that provides the technology education that they were looking for. With their technical and management skills, their passions for technology and children education, and a proven curriculum set, they created Computer Adventures LLC to serve the Westchester county in New York.
Vivian Tai graduated from City College of NY with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Since 1989, she worked as a system management engineer. In 2009, she founded Computer Adventures – Bits, Bytes & Bots to serve the Westchester community in New York. She currently writes curriculum and teaches summer camp as well as after-school enrichment classes. She is continuously amazed by the children’s capabilities to understand leading-edge technology concepts, when the students are motivated and the material is presented at the appropriate level.
Amy Silviotti is a certified elementary school teacher with a MSEd in special education. She currently works as a preschool teacher in Connecticut. Amy has been working for Computer Adventures – Bits, Bytes & Bots since 2010. Her specialty is in WeDo robots, as well as movie making. Amy designed the curriculum for WeDo Robots for Computer Adventures – Bits, Bytes & Bots Westchester. Amy really enjoys working with younger children, especially as they learn and discover the relationships between Legos and computers!
Emil has been playing around with robots and technology from a very early age. At home he owns one of the very first Lego Robotics sets that ever came out. Emil is currently a Chemical Engineering major at the School of Engineering at Tufts University. In 2014, he developed both the Scratch Programming and EV3 Lego Robotics curriculum at Bits Bytes & Bots. However, he prefers problem solving with the children in his NXT Robotics and Scratch classes. Outside of work and school, he enjoys playing video games and reading.
Mark Silviotti is a certified Elementary school teacher with a BA in Elementary Education and an MSEd in Educational Technology. He currently works in a Computer Lab in Rye, NY. Mark has been working for Bits, Bytes, Bots since 2010. His specialties include WeDo Robots, MovieMaking, and NXT Robotics. Mark really enjoys working with students in the areas of technology, digital literacy, and visual storytelling’s.
Peter Grobe is a lifelong professional photographer, actor and teacher. A former Assistant Director of Future Stars After School Programs, he developed curricula for teaching many arts related programs such as Digital Photography, Photoshop, Drama, Music and Film Workshops. He loves working with children helping them stretch their imaginations and nurture their creative spirits by simplifying an increasingly complex world of digital technology and communications.
Robert Keith has been teaching computer science at Trinity School in New York City since 1997. Since that time, he has worked with the students on expanding their minds through creativity, collaboration and innovation. Robert collaborated with Computer Adventures – Bits, Bytes and Bots to invent a curriculum using Comic Life and Photoshop, an exciting program that allows students to put themselves into a comic book story.
Alison has been involved in robotics since middle school and she continues to develop her technical skills at the School of Engineering at Tufts University. At Tufts, she is a Residence Assistant, and also a Teaching Assistant for the Computer Science Department. She assists in developing the curriculum for the Lego NXT robotics engineering classes as well as teaches robotics classes at Computer Adventures – Bits, Bytes & Bots.
Keith Chason is an Undergraduate Computer Science student at Binghamton University with an anticipated minor in Spanish. In addition to working with Computer Adventures – Bits, Bytes & Bots Westchester since the fall of 2009, he is a proud member of several fire departments and EMS agencies. In his spare time, he enjoys developing websites and keeping up to date on the latest technologies.
Jabarie is adaptable, motivated, energetic, artistic, ethical, team-oriented, diligent and analytical. He is a problem solver, a leader and possess great interpersonal and presentation skills. His experience includes student assistant, construction electrician, psychology and computer art college credit. Most importantly, he loves teaching children, and children loves his classes. Jabarie has been teaching for Computer Adventures since 2012
Janet graduated from Albany State University of New York with an English and Psychology major. She had extensive technical experience at IBM, before coming to teach at Computer Adventures – Bits, Bytes & Bots. Her expertise includes bridging people to technology and assisting them in reaching their intended goals. Her classes are always highly energetic with enthusiastic interactions among students and teachers.
Brett has been teaching video game creation classes at our summer camp since 2009. He is passionate about video game design. Students and colleagues enjoy Brett’s enthusiasm his breath of know on the subject. He is currently attending Rensselaer Politechnic Institute; majoring in Gaming and minoring in Psychology.
Abigael Escobal is a New York State certified Art Educator with extensive experience in classroom management, collaboration, curriculum development, assessment, and interdisciplinary lesson planning in both school and camp settings with children of various ages. Art skills include drawing,painting, mixed media, collage, photography, ceramics and printmaking. Technology skills include Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Illustrator, iLife and GameMaker.
Brian Powers is a graduate of Pace University with a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education. He has been working with children all of his life and enjoys teaching students of all ages. He has a great ability to connect and interact with students in both academic and recreational settings. He specializes in teaching students how to use computers, basic programming, game creation software, as well as robotics.
Kristen Malesardi graduated from Pace University with a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Literacy. She has taught 4th grade in Danbury, CT since 2011. Kristen has been working for Computer Adventures – Bits, Bytes, since 2010. She specializes in Movie Making and Game Creation. Kristen believes that technology is an integral part of a child’s education which they can apply to recreational activities as well.
Matt Guarino has been a musician for over 15 years. In 2009, he had a job hosting an MTV pilot and an appearance in a Grammy’s commercial in 2010. He also has a history in acting and has been in multiple productions in the past 10 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Education. He is currently teaching music and is the assistant music director at a private school. At Computer Adventures -Bits, Bytes & Bots, Matt has taught Robotics, Comic Creation, Game Creation, Music, and created the curriculum for electronic music courses.
Rayanon Smtih is a passionate and committed NY State Certified Visual Arts Teacher in the development of motivational learning experiences and dynamic instructions that facilitates self-expression. Rayanon has obtained her M.A. in Art Education at Lehman College and has been teaching since 2009. She combined her passion for Art and technology on her Movie Making classes.
Thomasina Jackson the founder of SEED for a Youth Full Harvest in 2009. During her career, Thomasina developed and implemented many successful youth related programs bringing over 14 years of experience working and developing relationships with at risk youth and their families from all walks of life. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, Master’s in Divinity and she currently holds a Notary Public Licensure. On occasion Thomasina continues to work with youth of all ages as a Community Educator.
Beverly has been assisting in the curriculum development for Computer Adventures since 2009. Since then, she has also been a counselor, instructor, and the assistant camp director. Her favorite part of Bits Bytes & Bots Summer camp are the kids and their enthusiasm when making their own creations, especially when they make their own “set pieces” in her Make a Movie class. When Beverly is not working at the camp, she attends Brown University where she intends to major in Applied Mathematics with Computer Science.
Helena Froyton has a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems from Florida State University. She has been teaching for Bits, Bytes and Bots since September 2011. Helena loves to work with children and introduce them to new concepts and ideas. She believes in helping them learn about technology in a fun and exciting way. She has been teaching WeDo Robots and Stop Motion Movie Making to various age groups. When Helena is not on her laptop, she is hiking with her husband throughout Westchester.
James is an Eagle Scout, graduated from College of Notre Dame with a Teaching certification, and from Frostburg State University with a Philosophy degree. He is currently the technology education head in a private school in Manhattan. He had coached groups who are competing in the FIRST Lego League competition. He teaches the Lego NXT robotics and game design classes at Computer Adventures – Bits, Bytes & Bots.
Norman has extensive technical and management experiences in the corporate environment, since he graduated from Long Island University with a Bachelor of Science. majoring in Integrated Information Systems. In his game creation classes, children are having so much fun, that they forgot that they are learning.