Rick Weinberg is a creative and divergent thinker. Since 2003, he has presented at many local, state and national presentations, focusing on the subjects of assistive technology, computer programming and making. Currently, he co-secretary on the NYSCATE Board of Directors.
Rick is a “charter member” of the Rochester, New York Mini Maker Faire and has presented every year at the event. Rick serves as an adjunct faculty member at Grand Canyon University where he mentors and monitors pre-service teachers. In addition to this work, Rick has published many national, state and local articles on a variety of subjects and is featured in Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom, a book that has been instrumental in establishing making as part of a contemporary learning experience.
Rick possesses a wealth of experience on using the tools of making to create compelling learning experiences for students that are engaging and empowering and that cast them as designers, makers, and most importantly, learners.
“I really am passionate about helping children be better problem-solvers and advocates for themselves. That is why I love assistive technology in computer programming and maker education.”
The difference NYSCATE makes
“Without NYSCATE there would be no safe place to fail at presenting. It has given me the tremendous confidence to stand up in front of a crowded room and teach others things that I know–things that will help enhance teaching and learning.”
“NYSCATE has built my confidence, competence and my network–it has given me more than I could ever give back. I would not have had such a great 14 year career so far had it not been for NYSCATE.”
Little Known Fact
“I've been to a number of presidential homes throughout America.”
“I would say that I greatly contributed to students learning to code and computer program throughout NYS through NYSCATE and as the Co-Chair for Statewide Model Schools. More students are learning incredible skills that help them think and be better prepared for jobs because of my work.”