Steve Coxon

Areas of Expertise

  • Creativity
  • Gifted Education
  • Giftedness in Diverse Student Populations
  • LEGO Robotics
  • Spatial Intelligence

Professional experience

2010 – present

Associate Professor of Gifted Education
 Director of Gifted Education Programs


Dr. Coxon directs the Graduate Programs in Gifted Education. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Maryville Summer Science and Robotics Program for High Ability Students which serves more than 500 students ages 4-15 annually with 80 courses in science, technology, engineering, art, and math with a focus on robotics. Dr. Coxon serves as principal investigator and director of the grant-funded Maryville Young Scholars Program which serves 120 high ability elementary children from groups traditionally underserved in gifted programs and operates in four elementary schools across two districts. The program has resulted in a new alternative gifted identification state policy pilot. He is also the Principal Investigator with Co-Investigator Rebecca Dohrman, Ph.D. of the Children using Robotics for Engineering, Science, Technology and Math (CREST-M) project. CREST-M will create and evaluate math curricula engaging diverse students in STEM careers using robotics.

2010 – present

FIRST LEGO League judge advisor (volunteer) 
Missouri 2009 – 2010
Assistant editor, Journal for the Education of the Gifted 
Center for Gifted Education, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

2008 – 2009

Research assistant to the executive director
 Center for Gifted Education, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

2003 – 2008

FIRST LEGO League coach (volunteer) 
Christiansburg Elementary School, Christiansburg, VA

2001 – 2008

Fourth and fifth grade classroom teacher 
Christiansburg Elementary School, Christiansburg, VA

Current Research

Developing mathematical talent, spatial ability, and creativity in diverse pK-8th grade students to increase potential for science, technology, engineering, and math fields are Dr. Coxon’s primary research interests.

Recent Publications

Dr. Coxon is the science education columnist for Teaching for High Potential and the book review section editor for Roeper Review. He has given more than 30 juried national presentations and is the author of more than 35 publications including:

Coxon, S. V. (2015). S is for science education at the secondary level: Curriculum and instructional methods for developing scientific thinking and habits. In B. D. MacFarlane (ed.), STEM education for high-ability learners: Designing and implementing programming. Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Coxon, S. V. (2014). On the edge of chaos: Robots in the classroom. Ambrose, D. & Sriraman, B., (Eds.). A critique of creativity and complexity: Deconstructing clichés. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense.

Coxon, S. V. (2013). Serving visual-spatial learners. Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Coxon, S. V. (2012). Innovative allies: Spatial and creative abilities. Gifted Child Today, 35(4), 277-284.

Coxon, S. V. (2012). The malleability of spatial ability under treatment of a FIRST LEGO League simulation. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 35(3), 291-316.

Kim, K. H., & Coxon, S. V. (2013). The creativity crisis, possible causes, and what schools can do about it. In J. B. Jones. & L. J. Flint (Eds.), The creative imperative: School librarians and teachers cultivating curiosity together. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Senne, J., & Coxon, S. V. (in press). Architecture: A nexus of creativity, math, and spatial ability. Submitted to Gifted Child Today.