Bill Van Loo

I am a technology, engineering and design educator who is passionate about empowering kids. I’m currently employed as the Technology & Engineering Teacher at Ann Arbor STEAM at Northside, a brand-new K-8 program that is part of Ann Arbor Public Schools. I run the STEAM Lab, our school’s space for hands-on learning through the STEAM subject areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math). As a teacher, I value hands-on projects, cross-curricular learning experiences, and use of the design process to show students how to solve problems.

I was previously employed as the Technology Specialist for Honey Creek Community School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I am certified in Technology & Design Education (TX, grades K-12) and Communication/Theater Arts (BD, grades 6-12) in the state of Michigan. The combination of my technological background and my artistic pursuits means I use a range of different methods, technologies, and projects in my teaching. My mission as a teacher is to teach technological literacy and help my students become thoughtful members of society who take joy in solving problems and using technology to help them achieve their personal goals.

For a nice overview of my educational work, check out this lovely profile of me from the iiE (Institute for Innovation in Education): Bill Van Loo, The Maker-Educator

I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University in the Educational Media and Technology program.

I’ve also taught at Wayne County Community College District and the College for Creative Studies.

Workshops & Presentations

I am a frequent presenter and workshop facilitator, delivering professional development for other educators and sharing my own learning. You can find out more in the Presentations section.


I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a number of interesting projects as a teacher, including those listed below:

  • Envirotech is a professional development project from Ball State University that promotes inquiry-based learning centered around the issues raised by the switch from incandescent to compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs.
  • Imagine, Design, Build workshop is a workshop I taught July 20-24, 2009.


Featured photo at the top of the page by Mark Bialek for the Ann Arbor Observer

Latest Teaching Blog Posts

  • iiE Profile: Bill Van Loo, The Maker-Educator August 18, 2015iiE Profiles introduce interesting people in the Institute for Innovation in Education community. The first batch were based on interviews done by students in the University of Michigan – Flint Ed Tech Professional Seminar. I am deeply honored to have been featured in an iiE Profile. Check it out below: Bill Van Loo: The Maker-Educator
  • Sign up for my MACUL workshop on March 18, 2015! January 22, 2015I’m delighted to announce that I will be leading a pre-conference workshop at the 2015 MACUL conference in Detroit, Michigan. My workshop, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, is focused on documenting and sharing project-based learning. Full STEAM Ahead: Projects to Build and Share 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM  –  Cobo Center Bill VanLoo, Teacher, Ann Arbor STEAM at Northside, ...
  • A new adventure: STEAM @ Northside June 23, 2014It is with greatly mixed emotions that I’m posting this today. I have accepted a new position with Ann Arbor Public Schools, as the Ed Tech lead teacher for the new STEAM program at Northside. As such, I have resigned from my position at Honey Creek. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is an integrative approach ...