Einstein Project, Inc.

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Technology, Education

Location: 1255 Einstein Way Green Bay WI 54311 USA

Mission:

The Einstein Project is a non-profit organization that partners with schools, businesses, and communities to provide leadership and support for science education in Wisconsin. The Einstein Project was founded in 1991 by the business community and continues to be supported by area businesses, community organizations and service groups. The Einstein Project owns science units covering 42 grade appropriate areas of study which allow schools to provide an exemplary hands-on science curriculum for students. Prior to using a unit in their classroom, teachers must receive instruction through The Einstein Project giving them hands-on experience with the material. The Einstein Project is a national model for systemic change in Science Education.


Direct beneficiaries per year: 85,000
Geographic areas served: Wisconsin
Programs: Kids using Einstein science units learn the principles of science by practicing them. The Einstein Project has been providing these nationally developed hands-on science courses for more than 16 years. Each year, 85,000 student participations in 41 subject areas are made possible through The Einstein Project.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

We began our relationship with the Einstein Project four years ago when they approached us to fund their Wheels in Motion project. We did that over a period of three years and were impressed with the professionalism of their operation, staff and board of directors. They provide excellent hands-on curriculum in the schools; programs that might not otherwise be available. We are a major sponsor of their annual Butterflies and Friends Auction which draws a large number of area supporters and is a very successful event that the community always looks forward to. Part of that success is the fact that they make the auction pieces available to the community for viewing. It is great exposure for them and the artists and gives the opportunity for citizens in the community to view the fine pieces of art.

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Our foundation is a major sponsor of their annual fundraiser and because of our sponsorship, I was asked to work on the planning committee. This is a very organized group of staff and volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make no changes whatsoever. This is a very well run organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their staff and volunteer base. They accomplished a great deal in a very short time due to their productive manner.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional and energetic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more science and technology projects for many more schools in our community

Ways to make it better...

I had more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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3 people found this review helpful

The Einsten Project, Inc puts on a yearly Science Expo for kids, the goal of the Expo is to give local businesses an opportunity to give back to the community by creating hands-on, fun activities about thier businesses for kids. Last year in our company's booth, we made solar-bead bracelets and had an electrical safety demonstration. In other booths kids were making Silly Puddy, Rockets, Paper and learning how to make simple machines. There were also a variety of animals, reptiles and birds for the kids to get a closer look at and to learn about. Overall, the Science Expo is a great family event! It provides an educational & fun experience for everyone! The Einstein Project, Inc is an excellent organization who has demonstrated thier desire to give back to Green Bay and make it a great place to live.

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My family attends the yearly Science Expo, it is a fun & educational event that we look forward to every year. Also, being a company participant, the Science Expo gives us an opportunity to give back to the community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

excellent activities, very educational

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring science and technolgy education to more people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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3 people found this review helpful

They were so very excited to see results and understand the reasons behind everyday things, like where butterflies come from, the moon, magnets, weight, floating. With Einstein Project kits in the classroom, teachers have the resources to be "hands on" in science, rather than lecturing. It is tailored to the way kids think and learn.

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My kids loved the kits, knowing that each one brought a new quest. They were kept on task in science.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their desire to help kids learn everyday science.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent, progressive, dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Put together kits on a regional/national basis, so that more children would have the advantage of hands on science.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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2 people found this review helpful

Making science fun and exciting, plus easy to understand, is so important in keeping students involved and learning. And as the students learn more, they develop into young adults with the critical thinking skills necessary to allow our economy and technical/scientific programs to grow. The Einstein Project does a wonderful job of sparking that desire to learn with their hands-on science kits, teacher training, and more. When I first heard about Einstein's work, I was quite enthusiastic about what they were doing. Many years later, and with time spent helping by serving as a volunteer on the board, I am still impressed with what Einstein does and the positive effect it as on students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my position as a board member. This was a few years ago, and I served for a number of years. I am still in touch with Einstein via their newsletter and emails.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, energetic, helpful, cheerful. A great bunch of people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been lucky enough to be associated with The Einstein Project as a board member for the past 3 years. My employer, Festival Foods, has supported The Einstein Project’s Mission of partnering with schools and communities to provide leadership and support for science education in Wisconsin. As a student many years ago I struggled mightily with science. I found science to be quite boring while trying to learn from a text book. I assumed science just wasn’t for me. But the more I got involved I realized that the Project uses the philosophy of “hands on learning” to get young minds involved and engaged in the classroom. The Einstein Project realizes that as the environment becomes more endangered and as the technology becomes more complex, there is an increasing need for young people to become more knowledgeable in science, technology and mathematics. I only wish I had the chance to experience The Einstein Project as a kid and that helps fuel my fire to be involved with this great organization.

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About every month

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2010-8-01

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6 people found this review helpful

When I joined the Einstein Project as a Board Member 4 years ago, I was already familiar with the work they do through my daughter-in-law, an elementary school teacher. She had been using the science kits in her classroom and loved them! She was very enthusiastic about the training and support she received as well as the positive results she saw in the classroom from her students. Once I was able to see "behind the scenes", I was amazed at what they accomplished with such a limited but dedicated staff. Despite the financial challenges and time restraints, the Einstein Project constantly strives to improve hands-on science for both the educators and the students. This is evident through training for educators, website information and reference links, updating and adding of kits. All of this is possible only through strong community support which the staff and Board have carefully nurtured throughout the years. As I have worked with volunteers at our fundraising events, it has been wonderful to see the commitment of so many people to help keep this program fiscally sound. They recognize the importance of the hands-on science education that the Einstein Project brings to so many students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every year, the Einstein Project puts on a Science Expo. It's a great experience to just walk around and watch the students' excitement over their science project or an exhibit that they are interested in. They are so engaged!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff and volunteers are incredible! All very commited to the cause and a pleasure to work with on any task.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Focus on bringing hands-on science to all students without concern for school budget cuts; explore use for summer programs, special needs students, individual studies, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

It has been my privilege to be associated with The Einstein Project for more than 10 years. As a former classroom teacher, I benefitted from utilzing a research and inquiry-based, hands-on Einstein Project unit to teach physical science concepts to my students in the sixth grade. My students had fun learning and doing science because of The Einstein Project! I went on to become a trainer of one of the units and witnessed first-hand, the difference The Einstein Project has made in providing high quality materials and training to hundreds of teachers in our area. As a member of the Einstein Project's Board of Directors for the past ten years, I have also had the opportunity to see a strong community and school partnership in service to our community. This organization is not only a leader in science education in our region, it is also an exceptional model for an organization which has effectively established partnerships and shown true engagement in our community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

leadership in science education; teacher professional development; hands-on, inquiry-based opportunities for children; and working as a partner with our schools, businesses, and other organizations to make our community a better place!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I met the Einstein Project in the early 1990's when our school district was searching for a new science program. This was a perfect match for me as a classroom teacher. I did not have a good science background. The Einstein Project provided this with teacher training. The units are hands-on and teacher friendly. My students and I love the units! As time went on I became a teacher trainer for 3 of the units. Three times each year the Project provides training for classroom teacher who are new to the units. I am also a member of the Einstein Board of Directors and the chairperson of the Education Committee. The Einstein Project provides me, the classroom teacher, with the additional science backgroud that as an elementary teacher I did not have. It also provides me with additional teaching strategies, curriculum extensions, technology, and much more. This is the best way to teach elementary science. The students comprehend science concepts of much higher levels by doing hands-on, not just reading from a textbook.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their care and committment to providing students with quality science units. Students develop critical thinking skills, and become effective problem solver. The units make science fun!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with the needed funding to ease the Projects money concerns and allow them to concentrate on the goal of continuing to provide quality science units for the 21 Century.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Teaching science with the Einstein Science units has allowed me to become a better informed teacher and my student to be better critical thinkers and problem solvers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always friendly, helpful, and encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide the BEST science education for students in the 21st Centur.

Ways to make it better...

the Project had the financial backing and did not have to devote so much time to fund raising. Then more time could be devoted to sdvancing the best science practices for the 21st Century.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

two-fold. First to provide the best science education to students in the 21st Century, and second, to acquire the funding necessary to provide this service to schools.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the Einstein Project is the best educational organization I have ever worked with. They are forward thinking, science driven, and people friendly!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Festival Foods partners with The Einstein Project each year for the Grocers on the Green Golf Outing. The event raises funds through event sponsorship, which in turn are donated to The Einstein Project. Through all phases of the planning and event execution the Einstein associates and volunteers were great to work alongside. The event was a huge success agian this year and there is no one more deserving of this donation than The Einstein Project.

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During the event, I was able to see some of the science kits and experiements that are used to get kids interested in science. Neat stuff!

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Eight years ago I was asked to meet with The Einstein Project to evaluate whether my company should or could partner with their organization. Going into the meeting, I was not optimistic about the possibilities. After that meeting and a few more, I was really able to see where the organization had come from, what it was currently doing and the vision they had. I was so impressed that we took on the Title Sponsor role of their largest fundraiser. It has been seven years of sponsorship and both the organization and our relationship have continued to grow. The impact that this organization has had on the youth that go through its program is phenomenal. Research has shown that the interest and knowledge of students in science has gone up dramatically, but equally as impressive scores in other areas of school improved significantly as well. The Einstein Project is a truly unique organization that is doing tremendous things in our communities!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

both the fund-raising events they host and the results that their kits have on those who use them. The Einstein Project is helping to improve the education that students receive, engaging them in learning and having a positive impact in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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