About Us

The wide range of activities and experiences offered at STEAM Discovery Academy empower your child to get out of their comfort zone and learn something new. Our educators and engaging activities means everyone gets the chance to exercise their brains and their bodies. Browse our site or contact us to find out more about what we offer.


Who We Are

Committed to Inspiring Students


A Family Business

STEAM Discovery Academy is a small family business, founded by Michael Bruscia in 2016 after over twenty years in science education.

We chose STEAM because we believe creativity and design thinking are gained through including Art in STEM education.

As parents, we aim to make STEAM accessible to all families while providing students the opportunity to  develop a love of science, creativity, and leadership skills, like resilience and courage.

Our mission is to inspire the next generation of STEAM professionals, through engaging and educational opportunities!

Michael Bruscia
Chief Academic Officer, Founder


Mike Bruscia has over 20 years of experience in education, focusing primarily on science education through travel and adventure programs. He has developed science curriculum for students from elementary through college, taught students of all ages and conducted research on cats, birds, and polar bears in the wild. He currently teaches middle schools science.

He is passionate about making science accessible to all learners and is known for his edu-tainment approach. His philosophy of “Knowledge plus Caring equals Action” has inspired hundreds of students from across the world to explore and enjoy the sciences. Mike holds a BS degree in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida at Gainesville. Go Gators!


Lisel Bruscia

Executive Director, Founder

Lisel Bruscia has over 17 years experience in educational programming and serves as the Executive Director. She is passionate about exposing students of all ages to new perspectives and career opportunities. She believes that it's important to inspire students while encouraging them to aspire to follow their passion.  

Prior to STEAM, she held a number of pivotal roles at WorldStrides, from leading an on-tour operations, to developing special programs for elite students around the world, to partnering with the Smithsonian Institution for STEM focused international programs. Most recently, Lisel was Associate Vice President of the Global Academics and Operations for Higher Ed with WorldStrides. In this role, she oversaw the support of our university clients with all aspects of their educational travel, from academic content to the program’s logistical needs. Lisel holds a BA from Wake Forest University.

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Cris Higginbotham
Program Director

Cris brings over 15+ years of experience working with young people in the camp and education industry. He worked at every level in this field. Formerly, as the Camp Director of Camp Friendship in Palmyra, Virginia and most recently, Middle School Instructor at Fork Union Military School. Throughout his professional career, he has worked with children and families to build lasting social skills, confidence, and personal responsibility.


Cris knew he wanted to personally do more to help children reach their full potential. He believes that everyone can learn but everyone learns differently! That’s what drove him to join STEAM Discovery Academy. Cris believes in active communication between the student, the parents, and the teachers to find the best way to help each student build on the skills they have learned. Cris is a husband and a loving father two children, Isabella and Aiden.


BFA – Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

MAT – Masters of Art in Teaching from Liberty University