About Us

STEAM Labs™ promotes the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and the Arts in education. Our flagship product is the STEAM Machines™ curriculum that challenges middle and high school students to learn and apply the engineering design process to build chain-reaction machines.

In the STEAM Machines™ program, students work together in a project-based, cooperative learning environment in which students learn about 21st century real-world engineering skills, gain experience with systems thinking and multi-team collaboration, integrate the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math, and explore pathways to higher education and careers in engineering.

Our Team

The STEAM Labs™ team includes educators and researchers from fields such as engineering education and gifted, creative, and talented studies.

  • Shawn S. Jordan, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Arizona State University

    SHAWN JORDAN, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He teaches context-centered electrical engineering and embedded systems design courses, and studies the use of context in both K-12 and undergraduate engineering design education. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Education (2010) and M.S./B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Jordan is PI on several NSF-funded projects related to design, including an NSF Early CAREER Award entitled “CAREER: Engineering Design Across Navajo Culture, Community, and Society” and “Might Young Makers be the Engineers of the Future?,” and is a Co-PI on the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments grant “Additive Innovation: An Educational Ecosystem of Making and Risk Taking.” He was named one of ASEE PRISM’s “20 Faculty Under 40” in 2014, and received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama in 2017.

  • Odesma Dalrymple, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, University of San Diego

    Dr. Dalrymple is an engineering education scholar by training. She attained a PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University, and a MEng. in Industrial Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering, both from Morgan State University. Dr. Dalrymple conducts research on tools and techniques that can be readily applied in real engineering learning environments to improve student learning and teaching. In this respect she has pursued three main lines of research: The first looks at artefact-inspired discovery–based pedagogy, i.e., learning activities where students’ exploration of STEM knowledge is self-directed and motivated by interactions or manipulations of artefacts. The second looks at the development of faculty expertise in outcomes-based course design through the use of the Instructional Module Development system (imods), a self-guided web-based training tool (still under development). The third, which is both the most recent and now the most significant, looks at teacher professional development, i.e., the development of engineering thinking in teachers of 4th – 12th grade, and the translation of that thinking in their teaching of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics

  • Nielsen Pereira, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies, Purdue University

    Nielsen Pereira is an Assistant Professor of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. in Gifted and Talented Education from Purdue University. His research interests include the design and assessment of learning in varied gifted and talented education contexts, understanding gifted and talented student experiences in talent development programs in and out of school, and conceptual and measurement issues in the identification of gifted and talented populations. He is a regular presenter in national and international conferences on educational research, gifted education, and STEM education and has published in peer-reviewed journals in the United States and in Brazil. He currently serves as Associate Editor for Gifted and Talented International.