After School/Summer Camps
STEAM Studio Faculty
STEAM Studio Director
Angela Nelson was recruited by NGS to lead the STEAM Studio. She received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada and then pursued her Master’s of Teaching with a specialization in Inquiry Based Learning. Through her career to date, Mrs. Nelson has acquired specific expertise in the development of inquiry-based projects in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). At the Calgary Science Center and Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Mrs. Nelson developed STEM based programs for visiting school groups. For eleven years, she was an educator in both public and private school systems, developing and delivering enriched math and science programs, such as school-wide Science Olympics and novel LEGO-robotics programs. Angela believes that the learning experience is enhanced by fostering close relationships and interactions with the community. In this regard, Mrs. Nelson and her 5th grade class at the Duke School in Durham, NC, in partnership with the Duke Lemur Center, received a Disney Grant for the construction of a sustainable garden from which lemur food and enrichment toys were grown. Mrs. Nelson has been recognized for her work as an educator and has routinely delivered presentations and workshops at various national meetings including the National Science Teachers Association annual conference. Angela joined NGS in 2014.
STEAM Studio Teacher
Mr. Michael DeLand is originally from Plainfield, IL, a suburb of Chicago, but now calls Champaign his home. He received his B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. At UIUC he student taught in Kindergarten and 4th Grade. He believes that students learn through doing and takes pride in designing lessons that develop critical thinking skills through hands-on opportunities.
In addition to teaching, he spends much of his spare time working with photography, tinkering with computers, playing guitar.