Our Story

The STEM Leadership Center opened its door in November of 2018.  It was a program started to respond to several needs:

  • the request of graduated Baden Academy research fellows to continue to pursue passion-based fellowships.
  • the hunger of area students to not simply learn the academic silos of science and technology, but immerse themselves in meaningful projects alongside leaders in the field.
  • the desire of area STEM professionals to have an extra-curricular site to inspire rigorous investigations into STEM fields
  • the suggestions of parents to develop a space where leadership, innovation, collaboration, and worthy legacies can take root and grow.

Our Center uses the fellowship pathways developed through the Grow a Generation fellowships, classes, clubs, and camps over the last ten years.  Highlights include over 20 student published books, national awards in mobile app development, international recognition of student-produced educational YouTubes, winning entries into science fairs and Future Engineer competitions, and hundreds of engaged, enthusiastic students.

We meet at the Media Lab at Baden Academy Charter School in the evenings (see the calendar page to stay current!).

Meet the Team

We accomplish great things and have a great time doing it. Click on the name to learn more.

Dr. Ellen

Founder and CEO
and Galatic Problem Solver

Mr. Jake

Project Manager
and Director of Galactic Mission Control

Zabriawm Eugene Smith

Project Manager


The success of our students stands on the shoulders of extraordinary mentors who stop in, encourage, teach, and advise!

Joel Cilli

3-D Printing and Arduino Mentor
Wizard of Electronic Enchantments

Miss Mayada

Project Manager and
Biovisionary Pixie of Micro Landscapes

Dr. Adel

Software Engineer
Genie of 3-D Design

Miss Marci

Six Sigma Project Manager
Enchantress of Strategy

Meet our fellows…

More important that our staff are the amazing Odyssey Fellows you’ll get to work beside, these are the young STEM Leaders who are celebrating the science and technology which is solving the grand challenges of today.  They partner with extraordinary mentors from around the globe. Follow through to their websites, YouTubes videos, and resources through the Fellows page. Fellows