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The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Engineering & Technology, Physical & Earth Sciences, Technology

Mission: to improve math and science education through the effective use of modeling and simulation technologies — “computational science.”

Target demographics: middle school and high school students develop experience and expertise in STEM and IT fields.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 334 Students, 4 Schools, 3 Nonprofit Programs

Geographic areas served: school systems, after school programs/institutions, and alternative learning centers across the world

Programs: SUCCEED Workshops, Apprenticeships, and Internships for youth and teens to build excitement for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through interactive explorations using hands-on and computer enhanced activities, giving them the experience they will need to pursue a technology-intensive career path.

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7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cornelia S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has a philosophy of mentorship in the computational sciences and they put their money where their mouth is. They have supported many individuals to advance their careers in STEM and other fields throughout their educational trajectories and on into the workforce. Dr. Robert Panoff is an incredible teacher and mentor. I worked there between 2000 and 2004 and he still supports me in my endeavors!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked for Shodor many years ago and was able to mentor many great students during my time there. Robert Panoff has been a huge part of my life and professional career. He is the best teacher I have ever had. I cannot say enough about how great this organization is. It empowers kids for a lifetime of critical thinking and equips them with a broad understanding of technology and science.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Shodor was my introduction to technology-- I've been working in the field ever since my first middle school workshop, subsequent apprenticeships and internship at Shodor. I learned how to build mathematical models and develop software for educational applications. Thanks to Shodor and all the people that continue to help it reach more students like me.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I got the chance to be an intern here when I was in college and it was a wonderful experience for me to grow as an educator and learn a new way of thinking!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I began interning at Shodor when I was in 8th grade, and I attribute all of my success in the technology industry to this one organization. My computational and scientific background from Shodor allowed me to graduate from college with a liberal arts degree in Philosophy and minor in Music; in my professional life, I've been able to combine both my professional and academic background into something I love doing -- writing instructional documentation for software users.

From teaching to curriculum development, programming, mentoring, web design and so much more, the skills I received from interning at Shodor account for my professional success. They do amazing work, giving students like me opportunities to be professionals at a young age, while educating other students in a growing field. My thanks to Shodor!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shodor is a fantastic opportunity for local middle and high school students in Durham and the surrounding RTP areas! As a national leader in computational science education, Shodor is transforming learning through computational thinking. Through free, online curriculum, outreach activities, and local workshops, Shodor seeks to help youth and teens build excitement and expertise in STEM and IT related fields.

They offer Fall/Spring and Summer Workshops, Apprenticeships, and Internships for students interested in computer programming, engineering, mathematics, computational science, website design, parallel programming, and iPhone app development to name a few.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Shodor Education Foundation is the work of Dr. Robert M. Panoff. Bob has dedicated his life to education and mentoring in the sciences. He is an award winning physicist as well as a highly regarded educator. Shodor is built on the premise that doing good is a fulfilling career path. Housed in Durham, NC, Shodor is a world-wide operation as well as providing educational services for Durham kids. It has produced highly recognized online tools for education. Recently, the Shodor site for its Interactive product had 4,000,000 hits.