NASA’s STEAM Innovation Lab is a resource center for a variety of learning environments including makerspaces and classrooms with an emphasis on space science content applications. It brings together NASA scientists, engineers and educators to explore and develop new ideas related to infusion of educational technology into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities, programs and approaches. Inside the lab are 10 interchangeable STEAM exploration stations fitted with technologies typically found in many of today’s 21st century educational environments. By placing these stations in close proximity to each other, we encourage users to investigate how the technologies can be effectively blended together for greater impact and integration into NASA education programs and products.
Ideas generated in the lab are captured, collected and shared with educators, educational technology researchers and makerspace enthusiasts around the world. So, if you’re looking for new and inspired ways to make use technology in your educational setting with open access to NASA content, then you’ve come to the right place.
The STEAM Innovation Lab is a part of the
NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) , a group that links exciting science and missions directly to the American public and partners with programs within NASA and beyond.
The STEAM Innovation Lab Team
Stations in the lab can host multiple projects with self selected teams
We continually identify and incorporate new technologies as they become available
Lab stations are open to internal personnel, partners and guests to investigate how new and existing technologies can be effectively blended together for greater impact
The STEAM Innovation Lab works closely with key partners to conduct short and long term research studies on ideas generated in the lab
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) creates and shares virtual workshops based on projects and ideas found being explored in the STEAM Innovation Lab
NSSEC Principal Investigator
Dr. Alex Young is the Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the head of NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC). In this role, he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating education and public outreach in the Goddard Heliophyiscs Science Division as well as for the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. He led NASA national education and outreach activities for the August 2017 total solar eclipse.
Troy Cline is the director of the NASA STEAM Innovation Lab. He is responsible for all areas of lab design, development, and operation. He is also the Educational Technology Lead for NSSEC.
Lani Sasser is a technology specialist supporting the NASA STEAM Innovation Lab. She specializes in Information Science, lab administration, and developmental logistics for the travel lab.
Lead VR Specialist
Bryan Stephenson is a Senior IT specialist for the lab. He supervises and is responsible for all IT and web development and leads the development of VR/AR applications.
Kyle Boyer is a VR developer for the lab. He provides the programming for visualization of 3D, data-driven models.
Travel STEAM Innovation Lab On-Site Logistics Lead
Eddie Gonzales is a travel lab on-site logistics lead providing planning and administrative support for replication of the lab in other informal venues.
Lead 3D Design Engineer
Patrick Haas provides engineering design and support for the lab. He specializes in 3D modeling and printing along with scientific instrument system design.
Mobile Sensor and Citizen Explorer Lead
Sten Odenwald is a professional astronomer at NASA, and a prolific author and science popularizer. He currently specializes in using common smartphone sensors to create opportunities for students and the general the public to engage in personal scientific exploration.
Senior Educational Technology Engineer
Paul Mirel designs and creates educational technology to help people explore and understand astrophysics phenomena. Paul also designs scientific instruments for orbital and suborbital payloads.
Coding & Electronics Specialist
Abhishek Gorti is an intern from the US Naval Academy working in the NASA STEAM Innovation Lab. He specializes in coding and electronics, as well as designs and creates new uses of educational technology projects.
Deputy Program Manager
Shannon Reed is the Deputy Program Manager for NSSEC. She is responsible for various administrative tasks and making sure the program stays on course, as well as developmental logistics for the travel STEAM Innovation Lab.
Informal Outreach Education Lead
Carolyn Ng leads informal education for NSSEC, coordinating STEAM engagement activities that will reach the general public through a variety of programs and events. She also works with specialized communities like indigenous groups and learners of all ability levels.
Kaushal Patel is a Web Developer for NSSEC. He is responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining the visual and functional elements of the website.
Abbey Interrante is the Science Writer for NSSEC. She creates and implements communication plans and content across all areas of the program.