About Us

Wantagh TechDay

Wantagh TechDay is an annual event created by Wantagh School District alumni to promote computer science education. Motivated by code.org’s initiative, the Wantagh TechDay team seeks to provide the opportunity for exposure to the practical skills of computer science that students could otherwise miss out on. As computers become smaller, more efficient and more powerful, they will exert a stronger influence in all fields and it will become necessary to understand basic notions of how they work and how they can be used. But beyond just giving students a useful tool, we hope to cultivate the joy and enthusiasm we ourselves feel for this rewarding approach to problem solving. Most importantly, when approached the right way, computer science can be fun and our ultimate goal is to share the amusement!

Wantagh TechDay exposes students in 5th - 12th grade to computer science through a project-oriented day in which they learn and utilize a broad array of skills. Students are organized into small classes based on their experience levels and receive instruction from a teacher and classroom mentors. By the end of the day, students will have completed a project that will remain accessible. It is our hope that students will also walk away with the inspiration and ingenuity to attempt a project of their own.

The event will be held at Wantagh High School on January 7th, 2017 with 7 hours (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) of workshops to teach students the fundamentals of building with code.

Schedule




  • 09:00 AM

    Check-In

    Students check-in and receive a name tag, their schedule and their room assignment.

  • 09:15 AM

    Welcome & Introduction

    A short welcome by the TechDay team explaining the coding sessions that will take place. Students will then be separated into small classes based on their responses given in the registration form.

  • 09:45 AM

    Session I

    Coding begins! Students will begin their projects in either Scratch or Python, based on their experience level and age.

  • 10:45 AM

    Session II

    After a short break and some snacks, students will get back to working on their projects.

  • 11:45 PM

    Lunch

    Time to enjoy some lunch to give the students the energy needed to finish their projects!

  • 12:30 PM

    Session III

    The final coding session where students will work on customizing and finishing their projects. After TechDay is over, these projects will remain accessible for students, so they can continue to work on them, and show them off to friends and family!

  • 01:30 PM

    Closing Ceremony

    Closing remarks by the TechDay team, prizes will be raffled off.

  • 09:00 AM

    Check-In

    Students check-in and receive a name tag, their schedule and their room assignment.

  • 09:15 AM

    Welcome & Introduction

    A short welcome by the TechDay team explaining the coding sessions that will take place. Students will then be separated into small classes based on their responses given in the registration form.

  • 09:45 AM

    Session I

    Coding begins! Students will begin their projects in either Python or Java, based on their experience level and age.

  • 11:00 AM

    Special Session

    Students will get a break from working on their projects during this special session. They will be broken up into different groups to be introduced to a more bleeding-edge technology in fields such as robotics, machine learning, wearables and more; this will be based on their interests given in the registration form.

  • 12:15 AM

    Session II

    After the special session and a short break, students will get back to working on their projects.

  • 1:15 PM

    Lunch

    Time to enjoy some lunch to give the students the energy needed to finish their projects!

  • 02:00 PM

    Session III

    The final coding session where students will work on customizing and finishing their projects. After TechDay is over, these projects will remain accessible for students, so they can continue to work on them, and show them off to friends and family!

  • 03:40 PM

    Closing Ceremony

    Closing remarks by the TechDay team, prizes will be raffled off.


Note: This is only a sample schedule, and is subject to change. A final, customized schedule will be sent out to each student after registration closes. Breaks with snacks will occur throughout the day.

Our Team

Dan Charytonowicz
View Bio
Dan Charytonowicz
Anthony Consoli
View Bio
Anthony Consoli
Chris Fiscella
View Bio
Chris Fiscella
Peter Mountanos
View Bio
Peter Mountanos
Gene Gaffney
View Bio
Gene Gaffney
Alyson Hopkins
View Bio
Alyson Hopkins
Ryan Hung
View Bio
Ryan Hung
Alyssa Kelly
View Bio
Alyssa Kelly
Avery Kratzer
View Bio
Avery Kratzer
Kenny Peluso
View Bio
Kenny Peluso
Marissa Polack
View Bio
Marissa Polack
Kaitlin Pfundstein
View Bio
Kaitlin Pfundstein
Dylan Samperi
View Bio
Dylan Samperi
Michele Steinberg
View Bio
Michele Steinberg
Lindsey Stevens
View Bio
Lindsey Stevens
Joe Ulino
View Bio
Joe Ulino
Sean Whiteman
View Bio
Sean Whiteman
Member Bio image

Dan Charytonowicz

Co-founder | WHS '12

College: University of Delaware
Major: Biomedical Engineering & Computer Science
Technologies Used: Python, Java, HTML/CSS, PHP, C++, MATLAB
Research: Dan works on mobile application development for the Android platform. His research experience includes work in cognitive psychology as well as molecular genetics. His undergraduate thesis work consists of studying genetic networks underlying cellular responses to changes in temperature.
Interests: Biotechnology, Healthcare, Computer Science
Honors: 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.301: Android Development (2016), CS.302: Introduction to Android Development Using Java (2015), CS.002: Introduction to Programming Using Python (2014)

Member Bio image

Anthony Consoli

Co-founder | WHS '12

College: Stony Brook University
Major: Computer Science
Technologies Used: Java, C, C++, Python, HTML/CSS, XML, MIPS
Interests: Computer Science, Music, Education
Honors: 2015 Golden Key Scholar
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.203: Intermediate Python Programming (2016), CS.202: Intermediate Python Programming (2015), CS.001: Introduction to Programming Using Scratch (2014)

Member Bio image

Chris Fiscella

Co-founder | WHS '12

College: Duke University, Trinity College
Major: Mathematics | Minor: Music
Technologies Used: Python
Research: Philosophy of Math, Philosophy of Language
Interests: Logic, Philosophy of Math, Abstract Algebra, Creative Writing
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.201: Intermediate Scratch Programming (2016), CS.101: Introduction to Programming Using Scratch (2015), CS.001: Introduction to Programming Using Scratch (2014)

Member Bio image

Peter Mountanos

Co-founder | WHS '12

Occupation: Software Engineer @ Google
College: New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Major: Data Science | Minor: Mathematics
Technologies Used: Python, Java, C++, C, VBA, SQL, Hadoop, Spark, MongoDB, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP, LaTex, Git, Unix Tools
Research: Peter's research experience includes work in recommender systems at the NYU Stern School of Business. His undergraduate thesis work consists of studying how users' personalities influence their purchasing decisions using machine learning techniques.
Interests: Recommender Systems, Machine Learning, Education
Activities: Board of Education, Wantagh Schools
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.301: Introduction to Programming Using Python (2016), CS.301: Introduction to Programming Using Java (2015), CS.003: Introduction to Programming Using Python (2014)

Member Bio image

Gene Gaffney

Teacher | WHS '15

College: University at Albany
Major: Digital Forensics/Cyber Security
Technologies Used: Python, Ruby, HTML/CSS, SQL
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.101: Introduction to Programming Using Scratch (2016)

Member Bio image

Alyson Hopkins

Teacher | WHS '13

College: Villanova University
Major: Mathematics & Computer Science
Occupation: Incoming 2017 Vanguard's Technology Leadership Program
Technologies Used: Java, C, UNIX, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS, Jasmine, Selenium, Cucumber, Protractor
Activites: Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Women in Computer Science, Villanova ACM-W chapter, Website Designer for the Villanova chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Phi Sigma Pi, Math Club, Math and CS Tutor
Interests: Data Analytics, App Development, Web Design, Women in STEM, Photography
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.100: Introduction to Programming Using Scratch (2016), CS.302: Introduction to Android Development Using Java (2015)

Member Bio image

Ryan Hung

Teacher | WHS '12

College: Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
Major: Business Technology | Minor: Innovation, Economics, and Entrepreneurship
Occupation: Technology Consultant @ IBM
Technologies Used: Python, UML, SQL, Hadoop, Pig, Hive
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.203: Intermediate Python Programming (2016)

Member Bio image

Alyssa Kelly

Teacher | WHS '14

College: University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
Major: Operations, Information and Decisions - Business Analytics Track
Minor: Computer Science
Technologies Used: Java
Activities: MGMT 100 Teaching Assistant, Writing Tutor, Penn International Impact Consulting, Penn Emerging Scholars Program
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.201: Intermediate Scratch Programming (2016), CS.302: Introduction to Programming Using Java (2015)

Member Bio image

Avery Kratzer

Teacher | WHS '14

College: Princeton University
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Certificate Program: Engineering Biology
Technologies Used: Java, C#
Interests: Bioengineering, Psychology
Activities: Society of Women Engineers, Princeton Running Club
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.300: Intermediate Python Programming (2016)

Member Bio image

Kenny Peluso

Teacher | WHS '14

College: Brown University
Major: Applied Mathematics
Occupation: Programmer @ RexCorp Plaza, Asst Media Director @ 95.5 WBRU
Technologies Used: VBA, Python, MATLAB, Racket, Pyret, Bash, HTML/CSS, PHP, Ruby
Research: Kenny's research thus far lies at the forefront of mathematical and computational psychology at Sloman Lab, Brown University. He's studied the persuasiveness of arguments through the lens of Bayesian network models using techniques derived from probability, graph theory, linear algebra, and of course, programming.
Interests: Nudge Theory, Psychology, Economics, Data Science, Dynamical Systems
Activities: Capoeira
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.300: Intermediate Python Programming (2016), CS.201: Introduction to Programming Using Python (2015), CS.002: Introduction to Programming Using Python (2014)

Member Bio image

Marissa Polack

Teacher | WHS '15

College: Cornell University
Major: Mechanical Engineering | Minor: Computer Science
Technologies Used: MATLAB, Java, Python, Scratch
Activities: Engineers for a Sustainable World, Cornell Science Olympiad
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.200: Introduction to Programming Using Scratch (2016)

Member Bio image

Kaitlin Pfundstein

Teacher | WHS '14

College: SUNY Geneseo
Major: English (Adolescent Education Certification) & Psychology
Technologies Used: Scratch
Activities: Kaitlin is involved with Student Association, specifically Inter-Residence Council, which works to advocate for on-campus students' needs. She's also a Resident Assistant for a mainly first year building that houses the Tesla House, a living learning community for first years in STEM fields, specifically physics and geography.
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.102: Introduction to Programming Using Scratch (2016)

Member Bio image

Dylan Samperi

Teacher | WHS '15

College: Boston University
Major: Biomedical Engineering | Minor: Computer Engineering
Technologies Used: Arduino Programming, C++, MATLAB, Scratch, Solidworks, x86 Assembly
Activities: Club Rugby Team, Biomedical Engineering Society, Debate Society
Interests:

Member Bio image

Michele Steinberg

Teacher | WHS '15

College: University of Delaware, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
Major: Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation & Hospitality Industry Management
Occupation: CEO @ Clip2Learn
Activities: Blue Hen Leadership Program, Entrepreneurship Club, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority

Member Bio image

Lindsey Stevens

Teacher | WHS '14

College: University of Delaware, Honors Program
Major: Biological Sciences | Minor: Spanish
Technologies Used: Scratch
Activities: Club Ultimate Frisbee, Biology Ambassadors
Interests: Pursuing a career in education, Research
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.102: Introduction to Programming Using Scratch (2016), CS.101: Introduction to Programming Using Scratch (2015)

Member Bio image

Joe Ulino

Teacher | WHS '13

College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Major: Computer Science & Information Security
Technologies Used: C++, Java, Python, Web Design

Member Bio image

Sean Whiteman

Teacher | WHS '15

College: University of Delaware
Major: Computer Science
Technologies Used: Haxe, Objective-C, JavaScript, Arduino
Activities: Sean has released a growing number of apps which have received tens of thousands of downloads, and which generate passive income.
Interests: iOS Development, Entrepreneurship
TechDay Courses Taught: CS.301: Android Development (2016), CS.202: Intermediate Python Programming (2015), CS.003: Introduction to Programming Using Python (2014)

Volunteers

Curriculum


As a curriculum designer & teacher, you will be on the front-lines of expanding our mission. You will be responsible for developing curriculum and teaching students the day of the event. You must be available on January 7th, 2017.

Operations


Organizing TechDay has become a big undertaking. We are in need of volunteers who are adept at project management and organization. Responsibilities include handling registration, social media, scheduling, and more!

Software Engineer


We are in need of talented software engineers to help us develop a web-app that will allow students to access learning materials. If you're passionate about education and have experience writing code - we need you!
Volunteer