Our Philosophy

Alexia Seba-Robles, Founder  Alexia graduated with her B.S. in physics and mathematics from Portland State University. Currently a graduate student at Teachers College at Columbia University, Alexia studies brain development and response to educational programming. She hopes to shape curricula and teaching methods to meet children’s developmental needs and milestones with the goal of better preparing our students for learning.

Alexia Seba-Robles, Founder

Alexia graduated with her B.S. in physics and mathematics from Portland State University. Currently a graduate student at Teachers College at Columbia University, Alexia studies brain development and response to educational programming. She hopes to shape curricula and teaching methods to meet children’s developmental needs and milestones with the goal of better preparing our students for learning.

How did Urban STEAM Lab come to be? What does “STEAM” even mean? Why should I care about science? What will my child get out of this experience? Will my child get on a magical school bus with a pet iguana? I am sure you have so many questions. I hear you, and I see you. A community science lab sounds pretty wild, a little weird, and a lot of fun! In short, it is!

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Urban STEAM Lab integrates all of these disciplines into hands-on learning and skill-building experiences. My goal is to create an environment that is safe and accessible for all students, child or adult, wanting to explore their natural curiosity about the world. What do you think of when you hear “scientist?” What do scientists look like? Like you! Like me! Like Karen from your cycling class! Humans are natural born scientists. I am here to guide you in your exploration.

We use and depend on science in our day-to-day lives, but it isn’t always obvious. To mediate this problem, I connect all class outcomes to observable real-world phenomena. Learning the process of scientific inquiry and investigation helps us to become better consumers of science. This helps us to make better, more informed decisions about our health, environment, and behavior. Even better, the skills we learn during scientific inquiry have lasting effects in other realms of our lives. Resilience, self-motivation, and positive collaboration are valuable and transferable.

I am familiar with that specific curiosity of wanting more and more answers. I took this passion through undergraduate school and became a part-time teacher and full-time neuroscience technician. Having one foot in each door with varying degrees over my career opened my eyes to the strengths and weaknesses of current science education. The focus is almost always on getting the students interested, but I am proposing we go deeper than initial interest. We need passion. To create passion, we need to make lessons personally meaningful. Urban STEAM Lab does this by making classes and workshops that incorporate these cornerstones of learning:

  • Relevance - Do I see this phenomenon in my everyday life?

  • Value - Is this something that affects/helps me or the people I care about?

  • Experience - Am I capable of learning how to overcome this challenge?

  • Investment - I have come this far - what else can I do?

  • Practicality - I can use my new skills/knowledge to understand and overcome different challenges in my everyday life.

  • Service - I can use my new skills/knowledge to help others understand and overcome different challenges in their everyday life.

To see how we practice these values, check out Our Services.

I look forward to learning with you!