About

We wish to inspire youth to explore their world, to learn, and to make through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

In order to do this, we provide workshops that involve discovery-based learning through hands-on experimentation and creation.

Karen "Cannonball" Corbeill speaks to young girls about building and driving her Powerwheels car and being a female maker.

STEAMboat Workshops founder, Karen “Cannonball” Corbeill, speaks to young girls at Maker Faire New York about building and driving her Powerwheels car and being a female maker.

STEAMboat Workshops was founded by Karen Corbeill and serves Madison, WI and the surrounding areas. Karen Corbeill has been involved in the Maker Movement since 2010 when she joined hackerspace, i3 Detroit. Karen functioned as Education & Events Coordinator at i3 Detroit and was elected President before her move from Detroit to Madison in early 2013. Since moving to Madison, Karen has co-founded an adult maker group, Mad City Makers, opened The Bodgery, a community workshop/makerspace, and continues to host hands-on workshops and classes at The Bodgery, the Madison Public Library, and MSCR for children, teens, and adults.

Through Karen’s time as a member of i3 Detroit, as Education & Events Coordinator of TechShop Detroit, and as a technical theatre professional she has gained experienced in many areas of making. She is familiar with welding, woodcrafting, laser cutters, sewing, vinyl cutters, CNC machines, 3D printers, crochet, web design, Arduino, painting, audio/video, soldering, metal working, machining, knitting, electronics, basic programming, jewelry making, vacuum formers, and serger sewing.