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September 1, 2010

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September 1, 2010

Starting this privately run, scientific Non-profit was quite a challenge, there were very few them to emulate. In the beginning, everyone we came into contact with, regarding WEC, was supportive and excited about what we were trying to do. Starting something like WEC from scratch takes time (I may be a little impatient at times), but now we are starting to see a good deal of progress and the future looks great. At our last public event the response was almost overwhelming. Young and old alike surrounded our booth and I and a hand full of volunteers answered questions and demonstrated some of what we do at WEC. I was very pleased with the response from the public, it just reaffirms and redoubles my efforts to make the WEC Institute a premier research and development non-profit.

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

I am personally involved in the WEC Institute on a daily basis and work at bringing science to the youth of our community and showing them how to use science for the betterment of mankind.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would (WILL) try to make it grow even faster than we are growing now

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

Is being able to interact with a great group of volunteers and watching young men and women get excited about science

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

exceptional

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

start a number of high-tech science projects and involve a much larger number of students

Ways to make it better...

we were able to grow faster

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

In these hard economic times I'm afraid it comes down to money - research can be expensive and times are a bit tight right now - But I will NOT give up.

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

I have to give a Big THANK YOU to our great group volunteers. They are an important part of our non-profit and they DO make things Happen Thanks Gang

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 28, 2010

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August 28, 2010

Students throughout the US need to see the application of curriculum to the "real" world. The Institute is essential for helping math and science students apply their knowledge into functional actions. Robotics and green energy investigation is the direction we need to expand for student access and efficiency.

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

Seeing the students "ah-ha" moments when the application of their learned skills becomes reality.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the audience.

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

working with the humans behind the scenes.

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

full of heart for the application of learned knowledge.

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

revolutionize what and how high school engineering curriculum across the country approaches the subject matter to ensure meaning for kids.

Ways to make it better...

there were more financial resources available to expand to a larger audience.

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

financial resources.

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

the organizers of the program are amazingly knowledgeable and dedicated to the mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 28, 2010

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August 28, 2010

WEC is the perfect opportunity for volunteers. It is fun, challenging and worthwhile. My own experience with interactive education for youth has been very rewarding. WEC's approach is practical, very personable and very diverse in it's scope. I love volunteering for this organization. At Maker Faire we ran a display to explain the effects of erosion and talked about new ways to initiate erosion control. It was amazing to see the children and adults interact, think about the problem and strive to offer solutions. Many of the kids were going to make this into a science project at school.

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

seeing the effect that the interactive projects have on people. The children's eyes light up, the adults open up and share experiences and ideas and express interest in becoming involved.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 17, 2010

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August 17, 2010

I finally found something worthwhile. I've never had the sense that what I was doing really mattered in the grand scheme of things until now. The work we're doing has the potential to really make a positive difference for this planet and its inhabitants. It is amazing to realize that we just sparked an idea in someone. A person recently stated, "I have never considered volunteering for an organization like WEC." That person, who never though of themselves as having anything to offer, now realizes they do. And that they, one person, can make a difference. We've changed their life. They in turn may change the life of others. For me, it's simple. Just knowing that I, in some way, had a small part in all of this is really satisfying.

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

Allowing me to work toward my potential.

Ways to make it better...

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

To help get more exposure in social networking like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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

exploration. Both exploring my own potential and potential of our species.

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

awesome! They so diverse and come from so many backgrounds.

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

change the world for all mankind. Seriously. The research they are doing will make a positive impact for not only humanity but all life on this planet.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to help out.

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

helping people understand what the institute is doing and how it benefits each of us.

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

I have met the neatest people. People who may not have ever thought of themselves as scientists or researchers along with those that do combining their efforts for the greater good.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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