George Lucas Educational Foundation

Carolyn DeCristofano

I am a STEM education consultant (with Blue Heron STEM Education, which I co-founded). I have been in the field for almost 25 years. Although I began with science education based in museum settings, I always found my way from the museum to schools--developing and implementing curricula and and professional development programs. Teaching in this way is such a privilege, and I derive joy from supporting the creativity that emerges from high quality STEM and literacy programming.

Most recently, my work has focused on integrating the E in STEM with the other fields through curriculum and professional development. As the former Professional Development Director for Engineering is Elementary (EiE), I contributed to the development of program materials (and continue to do so as needed on a consulting basis). In my current role with Blue Heron, I also contribute to the Engaging Youth in Engineering (EYE) Middle School modules from the Mobile Area Education Association, which integrate math, science and engineering. I really enjoy the new challenge of thinking about rigorous, real-world math connections.

In addition, I am a nonfiction children's author. My most recent book, A BLACK HOLE IS *not* A HOLE, was released in February, 2012. I enjoy working with students in STEM and literacy contexts and hope to continue to develop this side of my work. I also am intrigued by scientific visualization and imaging, and have explored art and science connections as a tool to helping students learn deeply in both fields.

Areas of Interest: 
and teaching; literacy,
art-science connections; science,
engineering and technology; integrated curricula,
professional development,
curriculum development,