About STEAM Education Centres
The mission of the STEAM Centre is to empower all learners and makers in Southwestern Ontario to create the future through play, ingenuity and exploration using STEAM learning tools. In doing so, the Centre delivers a comprehensive educational model focused on developing the creativity and problem-solving necessary to explore ideas and foster growth. The Government of Ontario and the Estate of Dorothy Fay Palmer have generously supported the STEAM Education Centre.
STEAM Education Centres Incorporated is a registered charity.
STEAM Centre Staff
At STEAM Centre, we have a passion for education and making!
Director of Education
Facility & IT Manager
Welcome Desk and Program Coordinator
Curriculum & Content Developer
STEAM Centre Board of Directors
Sarah Macintyre has been involved with the development of the STEAM Centre since 2015. She currently works at St. Thomas Public Library; responsible for collections, circulation, and technology. Sarah is passionate about maker culture, and is inspired every day by the staff team at STEAM Centre and all the amazing programs they provide to the community.
Bryan White is the co-president of Ardent Industries, the parent brand of Steelway Building Systems and Zelus Material Handling. While Bryan was raised in the family business, his leadership role started after graduating from the University of Waterloo where he received a BASc in Civil Engineering. Bryan’s strong quantitative problem solving skills have led him to become the highly proficient and successful leader he is today. Bryan believes that relationships are at the heart of business and he strives to maintain fair and fun relationships with employees, customers, vendors, and the community. A self-proclaimed geek, he harnesses his personal passion for technology into designing and implementing business systems. When he is not working, Bryan can be found woodworking, baking, cycling, or negotiating with his two children, Escher and Ayla.
Sandra Poczobut is an artist, educator and maker at heart. Locally, Sandra manages programming and community development for Elgin County Library. She is passionate about integrating the A (Arts) into STEAM through project based learning. She has been busy acquiring new skills using the laser cutter at the STEAM Centre and learning how to integrate this new technology into ceramic tiles and installations, a skill she learned through a 5 week course at the STEAM Centre. She hopes to one day own a pet robot.
Amanda DeVries owns the newly rebranded Amanda DeVries Content + Creative, a full service marketing agency that builds and resuscitates brands of all sizes. She spent 10 years in Ottawa, where her work from governmental agencies kept her busy but not terribly inspired. Moving to Southwestern Ontario 8 years ago has given her the opportunity to work with small, local businesses and to work daily face-to-face with real people. Trained as an electrical engineer, she can still write the odd line or two of CSS even though she dreams in pattern & colour. Follow her along @adevriescreative on Instagram & Twitter or visit amandadevries.com.
Rick Pardo (Director) currently serves as Coordinator of Culture of Innovation for the Thames Valley District School Board. As a teacher and leader since 2000, Rick earned a Masters degree in biomechanics from the University of Waterloo. He jumped into public education in 2000 by accepting a teaching position followed by a position at the Thames Valley Board’s Education Centre as the school board’s coordinator of science education. At this point, Rick moved from teaching kids to teaching teachers. As Thames Valley’s Coordinator for the Culture of Innovation, Rick leads education reform initiatives, workshops and seminars across North America and has taken on the challenge of creating the conditions for continuous improvement, creativity and innovation across the Thames Valley District School Board.
Donors and Sponsors
STEAM Centre would like to thank our donors and sponsors. Your donations help power fieldtrips, workshops, a place for makers to create cool and interesting projects, and even help propel their new business with access to tools like 3D Printing, CNC, Laser cutting/engraving and more!
Donors and Sponsors ($10,000 and up)
Green Lane Community Trust Fund
Ontario Library Capacity Fund
Estate of Dorthy Faye Palmer
St. Thomas Sanitary Collection Services Limited
Wayne and Mary Thornton
Donors and Sponsors ($1,000 to $4,999)
Debra and Carl Bagshaw
Sandra and Gene DiMeo
Stacey and Joe Hayhoe
IIWII Foods Inc.
Kinsmen Club of St. Thomas
Masco Canada Ltd.
Bob and Janet McCaig
Kathy Schaeffer Moyes
Sandra Poczobut and Paul Jenkins
St. Thomas Energy Inc.
Steelway Building Systems
Doug Tarry Jr.
Williams Funeral Home Ltd.
Donors and Sponsors ($250 to $999)
CRA Landfill Operations Limited
Gorman-Rupp Pumps Canada