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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Preschools, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: RESET is a volunteer organization of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals whose mission is to motivate children to discover and explore the worlds of science and math, and to encourage them to consider education and career choices in related fields. Through hands-on science lessons, interactive experiments and related field trips, RESET volunteers teach children in ways that are engaging, relevant, and fun, helping them to make important connections between life and learning.

Results: • RESET is a featured nonprofit in the 2016/17 Catalogue for Philanthropy. Selected from nearly 200 applicants in a rigorous vetting process, RESET was designated “one of the best small charities in the Greater DC area.” Organizations were chosen for their impact, fiscal soundness and overall management. • RESET has reached more than 15,000 students with hands-on science programs since it was founded in 1988. • More than 500 scientists and engineers have volunteered with RESET since its inception. • RESET volunteers represent more than 20 different Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) fields, including aerospace engineering, energy science, forensic anthropology, geology, and neuroscience. • In school year 2015/16, RESET placed 120 volunteers in 30 schools in DC, Maryland and Virginia, providing hands-on science programs to 1,933 students, an increase of 10.9% over the previous year and the most ever in a school year. • RESET has partnerships with 17 schools, 10 out-of-school time learning centers, and 3 PreK child development centers.

Target demographics: Low- and moderate-income PreK, elementary, and middle school students

Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 1900 a year

Geographic areas served: D.C. metropolitan area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland

Programs: 1. RESET In-School Program (PreK–8th grade) 2. RESET After-School Programs (PreK–8th grade)

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Beth192

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone loves when RESET comes. The change in pace for teachers is welcome and the kids enjoy the activities! They learn about concepts in science they might not know from the science curriculum or it reinforces what is learned in the science classroom. Thank you for all you do!"

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My students are always looking forward to the RESET lessons. They love that it's hands-on learning and they get to do actual science experiments. Children are so engaged and they truly enjoy learning more in depth than just a regular science lesson. Looking forward to the field trip we will be going in April.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love seeing young students grasp and enjoy scientific concepts!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a first grade teacher and I have been working with RESET for over 2 years. My students are always excited to see the RESET volunteers and they look forward to the next session. The volunteers provide hands on science experiences and engaging learning opportunities that focus on what we are currently learning in first grade.Also, it is great to see my students interact with professionals in the science field and sparkle their interest in science. It provides my students with the opportunity to ask questions and learn about STEM professions. It is never too early to engage students in STEM learning. Our future dependes on them!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The RESET program has been fantastic for our school. Our volunteer worked with me to plan lessons that fit with our pacing guide and acted as an extension to or the building up of background knowledge for our students. The hands on experiences kept ALL students engaged while learning. I overheard my students saying it was the best field trip that they have ever been on. We wouldn't have been able to send our students to Living Classroom without the help of RESET! Thank you for giving our students such a wonderful engaging experience! We look forward to partnering with you more next school year!





2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been working with RESET for almost four years now, and they have provided invaluable resources and volunteers for my middle school science classroom. This program is great because it provides students with opportunities to participate in activities and experiments that would not typically take place in the regular classroom with just one teacher. The volunteers do a great job of making everything kid-friendly and engaging, even though many of the topics are advanced. We have been able to participate in several field experiences, including overnight camping (which my students LOVED), due to this organization. I truly believe that my students are receiving a richer science education because of RESET.

1 John436

Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteered for RESET before becoming Executive Director. It's very rewarding to have children in your classroom connect with hands-on science and math learning, and also with you as a classroom guest and instructor. One of my students wrote: "Thank you for bringing the fish. it was my favorite experiment...It's too bad our fish died but we had a good time anyway."
Most elementary schools lack the capability to include science experiments in their curriculum and teachers welcome RESET bringing this valuable dimension of STEM learning to their students. One teacher wrote: “You brought such interesting and exciting experiments and activities, allowing students to make predictions and consider variables that might change the outcome. You also explained that science doesn’t always turn out as we expect. These are priceless details about science that are not always noted, and perfect for a second grader to learn.”
As Executive Director, I love meeting new scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians who want to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with children. RESET provides new volunteers with training and guidance so they can be most effective in the classroom and align with teachers' curriculum objectives.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so very proud of the work we do to instill a love of science in young students. The organization has grown so much in the 28 years of its existence. Now reaching over 100 institutions of learning with hundreds of young and old volunteers in all the STEM fields, this remarkable growth has required developing expertise in fund-raising, communications, and even accounting. It is a remarkable achievement.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through RESET, I truly feel that I have made the biggest impact I can make in my own community. RESET allows me to use my skills as a scientific researcher and bioengineer to make science more fun and accessible to young students. When I was in elementary school, my first experience with science was positive and engaging. Through RESET, I can create the same positive and engaging experience for the next generation of scientists.

2 Susan531

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has been working with children in our area's public schools on STEM projects since the 1980's. I have watched children be totally mesmerized by the story of the dinosuars. It excites them about science and helps develop SCIENTISTS which are sorely needed in this country.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RESET is a wonderful organization that makes a difference in young people's lives. Through hands on, enriching science experiments, children get interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts. With early STEM exposure, many of these young scholars in the Washington, DC area decide to pursue science careers in the future. RESET has allowed these young students to gain confidence and comfort in sciences. You can see their excitement and enthusiasm as they put on the lab coats and goggles. RESET is making a difference and changing lives one child at a time.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Through my work with the RESET organization, I've been able to speak to tons of enthusiastic young minds who are interested, engaged, and entertained by uncovering the mysteries behind science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The best part of the experience is that culminating at the end of our six hands-on science demonstrations and experiments, we get to take a field trip to my workplace and the students get to see where their newly discovered interest in STEM-subjects can lead them! Awesome opportunity for students and volunteers alike!