About ELL


At ESTEAM Learning Labs, our mission is simple – to help our Students discover the Hero within and to guide them along the way to become Leaders in the Tech and Arts industries, prepared to challenge, inspire and change the world we live in.

The ultimate goal of any of our camps, classes, or workshops is to cultivate excellence in growth by creating an environment that is fun and allows children confidence in an achievement-oriented, critical thinker, problem-solving environment that fosters character-developed and good self-expression thru teamwork and leadership practices.

We believe in letting kids learn and explore at their own pace. Our students collaborate with each other and our instructors tailor teaching and guide each student with challenges.

We offer Camps, Classes, Workshops, Training, After School, Weekend, Private Tutoring, Kid Events, and Customizable Programs.

Feel free to explore the website and looking forward to seeing you or your child in one of our many programs!

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Serving the following communities: Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Hutto, Steiner Ranch, Lake Travis, Circle C, Lakeway,  Marble Falls, Burnet, Wimberly, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, Bastrop, Waco, Temple, Killeen, San Antonio, the GREATER AUSTIN AREA  and CENTRAL TEXAS

What makes us unique?

At ESTEAM LEARNING LABS, students engage their brains with hands-on activities and learn new skills every day, says JoAnn Nolte, Executive director at ESTEAM Learning Labs. “Activities like Movie Making, Engineering & Coding Robots, Acting, Visual Art, Sports Condition, and Board Game Creation promote skill development ranging from analytical thinking, public speaking, creative expression, teamwork and conflict management.”

ESTEAM Learning Labs programs:

  • Movie Making
  • Engineering & Coding Robots
  • Drone Flight Mastery
  • U-Tubers Unite
  • Comic Book Creations
  • Board Game Creations
  • Battle Bots
  • LEGO Movie Making (Animation)
  • Special Effects, Costume & Design
  • Acting
  • So Much More!


Our Founders

Jo Ann De Gal Nolte

JoAnn Nolte: As a life-long learner, JoAnn has pursued a wide range of knowledge and experience across several fields.  JoAnn studied Organizational Management and Youth Psychology while attending Colorado Christian University, she began her journey in the realm of learning as she and her four children journeyed together through 12 years of homeschooling.

Along the way, JoAnn has learned real-life lessons on how young minds truly think and learn, how to celebrate and capitalize on those varied learning styles, and strengthen individual talents and interests.  She celebrates opportunities to see those around her heroically traverse challenges to discover how they can change their corner of the world.  She truly believes that everyday life is a huge, open classroom with endless possibilities.

While on this learning journey JoAnn started Learning Fun 101: LEGO Robotics, an educational company in the Central Texas Area that reaches over 2000 children every year with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.   Learning Fun 101 success was the beginning of her life as an entrepreneur and a key component in the creation of E.S.T.E.A.M Academy.

Nicholle Walton-Durban

Nicholle Walton-Durban: Passion, Purpose, Curiosity, and Grit. These are the things that have driven Nicholle thru her life. Born and raised in the South, at the age of 20, she would set out on her Hero’s journey and chase her dreams to Los Angeles, CA. There she attended Santa Monica College,Cal State Fullerton, studied Theater Arts, traveled to China as part of a Musical Theater Troupe/Cross Cultural Exchange Program, received her license in Cosmetology, and worked her way up in a startup from an entry level position to VP of Operations in just under 5 years. After relocating to Austin, TX in 2008, Nicholle opened Edgen Films in 2010, and then 4Reelz School of Film in 2014, offering classes and camps where kids, teens, and adults of all ages could come to explore, create, and express, while learning and developing skills in a variety of Art / Tech Industry’s.

Of all her adventures, becoming Mom to 3 wonderful boys is truly where passion and purpose aligned, and Nicholle wanted to ensure they would have an environment where they could discover their own unique gifts, talents, passion’s, and purpose. In 2016, Nicholle would team up with Joann Nolte and open E.S.T.E.A.M Academy (an Acton Academy affiliate) combining their love of Art, Technology, and Entrepreneurship with Core Academic Studies, Socratic based Discussions, Projected-Based Learning and Enrichment, in a Student-Led environment.

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