H/STEAM in Action Blog

STEAM in Action Blog

Constructing a building is a complex, multifaceted endeavor, and an ideal way to showcase the importance of STEAM education – Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math.  STEAM in Action spotlights the individuals, teams and organizations that are literally helping us bring the new Da Vinci Science Center at PPL Pavilion to life, as well our staff who bring STEAM to life every day!

Recent Blog Posts

Megan Frank Aims to Highlight Stories of Women in STEAM

Jan. 3, 2024 Megan Frank loves meeting people, learning about them and sharing their stories. Through her work as a tech/STEAM reporter and through PBS39's Emmy-winning documentary, "The Future is Female: Women, Space and NASA," which she hosted, wrote and produced, she was able to interview NASA's first female launch director, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson. Meeting the person who will say "all systems go" when the next astronauts, including the first woman and first Black man, go to the moon was a huge moment for her. She hopes that young people who see her reports can visualize themselves as part of the story and realize that they CAN work at places like NASA, Nintendo, Nerd Street Games and Air Products. Learn more about Megan Frank's career in our latest STEAM in Action Blog. Read more

Curiosity Is the Cornerstone of Ken Remick’s Banking Career

June 2, 2023 When Ken Remick was wrapping coins at his local bank at the age of 16, he couldn’t have imagined that he was at the beginning of a long career in banking, or that he would one day help secure and strengthen the financial footing needed to build the state-of-the-art new Da Vinci Science Center at PPL Pavilion. Learn more about Ken Remick's career in our latest STEAM In Action Blog. Read more

Celizandra is Passionate About New Science Center and All Things STEAM!

May 8, 2023 Celizandra Marin, a sophomore at William Allen High School, has been involved with the new Science Center since it was little more than a big idea. She took part in youth focus groups that shared what they would want to see in their community science center, was part of the first announcement of our title sponsor, PPL, and unveiling of the detailed renderings of the building and served as our emcee during the Groundbreaking Celebration in April of 2022. Celizandra is passionate about all things STEAM. Learn more about her in our latest STEAM In Action Blog. Read more

Architect Jessica Klocek Is Moved By Great Design

March 23, 2023 Jessica Klocek, Associate Partner at MKSD, is an architect specializing in space planning, interior design, and furniture specification. Jessica’s passion for architectural design was ignited when she was a young girl. Read on to learn more about Jessica’s career path. Read more

Artist and teacher Matt Halm is Allentown Proud

Nov. 23, 2022
Allentown native, Matt Halm brings community together through his art. Learn more about the artist behind the captivating mural that is displayed adjacent to the construction site of the future home for Da Vinci Science Center at PPL Pavilion. Read more

Curiosity and Play Inspire This STEAM Educator

Aug. 29, 2022
Rhonda Tomel (she/her), STEAM Education Manager at Da Vinci Science Center, began her career as an art museum educator and her career path was one that naturally integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (or STEAM) before STEAM was a widely used educational approach. Find out more about Rhonda’s journey. Read more

A Day In the Life of One Drone Pilot and Jobsite Superintendent

May 23, 2022
What better way to celebrate breaking ground on a state-of-the-art science center than with a rainbow of confetti raining down from a drone. And who better to make it happen than Jobsite Superintendent and Drone Pilot, Jan Ahner. Read on to learn more about how flying drones became part of Jan’s interesting career! Read more

Kate Heflin Loves Bringing Science to Life as a STEAM Educator

March 30, 2022
Kate Heflin, J.D., has been part of the Da Vinci Science Center team since 2003. She began as a museum educator at the Bethlehem site and then transitioned into grant writing for the organization before moving back into education. Kate is currently part of the STEAM Team bringing science to life and lives to science at the Science Center and throughout the community. Learn more about how Kate – attorney turned educator – found her way to Da Vinci Science Center and why she loves her work. …. . Read more

George Hardebeck Blends Art and Technology to Bring Science to Life

January 27, 2022
George Hardebeck personifies STEAM in Action. Ideum, the company where George works as a Producer on the exhibit design for the new Da Vinci Science Center at PPL Pavilion, screams STEAM in Action. The firm’s area of expertise is using emerging technologies to design captivating public installations and products that leave a lasting and meaningful impression. George plays a significant role in making those impressions. Read on to learn more…. . Read more

A Day in the Life of One Civil Engineer

December 16, 2021
When teenager Adam Smith worked behind a food stand at Dorney Park he had no idea that he’d one day be working on the theme park’s civil engineering. Read more

Introducing Two STEAM Educators Who Focus on the Micro and Macro of Science

October 5, 2021
Megan Roselli and Felipe Maldonado are two members of the STEAM team who explore the wonders of science from different perspectives. Read more

The Dirt on What It’s Like to Be a Soil Scientist

July 28, 2021
Hear from Colleen Limbert, a Staff Soil Scientist at Geo-Technology Associates about what it takes to become a soil scientist. Read more