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Mission StatementMORE »

Science from Scientists’ mission is to improve the attitudes and aptitudes of 4th-8th graders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We send real, charismatic scientists into classrooms during school, every other week throughout the entire academic year to inspire students and improve STEM competency by teaching hands-on, frameworks-relevant lessons to ensure that our nation’s youth is competitive globally in STEM.


Mission Statement

Science from Scientists’ mission is to improve the attitudes and aptitudes of 4th-8th graders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We send real, charismatic scientists into classrooms during school, every other week throughout the entire academic year to inspire students and improve STEM competency by teaching hands-on, frameworks-relevant lessons to ensure that our nation’s youth is competitive globally in STEM.



FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2015 to Aug 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,393,700.00
Projected Expense $1,289,336.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. In School Module-based STEM Enrichment Program
  • 2. Vacation Programs
  • 3. Science Theatre
  • 4. Science Fair

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Overview

Mission Statement

Science from Scientists’ mission is to improve the attitudes and aptitudes of 4th-8th graders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We send real, charismatic scientists into classrooms during school, every other week throughout the entire academic year to inspire students and improve STEM competency by teaching hands-on, frameworks-relevant lessons to ensure that our nation’s youth is competitive globally in STEM.



Background Statement

The US is facing a crisis in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) workforce training pipeline. STEM job positions are growing by 17%, compared to non-STEM jobs, which are growing at a rate of 9.8%. The National Center of Education Statistics reports that of the 32% of adults who earn a Bachelor’s degree, only 29% will earn a degree in STEM. As a country, we are not producing enough STEM workers to take advantage of the growth in STEM jobs. Lack of content competency and low interest in STEM are drivers of this workforce gap.


US students are routinely outperformed by their international peers - we rank 20th in the world in science literacy. The Business Higher Education Foundation determined that by the time students reach high school, 83% report lacking proficiency and/or interest in STEM. This means that we must look back further to elementary and middle school to address STEM challenges.


Science from Scientists addresses these problems by increasing appreciation of math and science amongst young men and women in elementary and middle school and by providing special encouragement to those who find these subjects challenging.


Science from Scientists (SfS) was founded in 2002 by Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle- MIT graduate with a doctorate in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine. Erika's life was strongly shaped by experiential science - winning the California state science fair three times on her way to choosing a career as a scientist and science driven entrepreneur.


SfS piloted its first programs in Boston in 2005 with five part-time staff. In 2014, we opened our second office in San Mateo, CA, and in 2015 we opened our third office in Worcester, MA. Each of our three offices has its own leadership team (including a Director) in place. These Directors are part of the leadership team and participate in all strategy meetings. Over the last 10+ years SfS has grown to be an organization employing 52 staff (9 full-time staff, 41 part-time staff and 2 volunteers) who are bringing their love and knowledge of science to communities across Massachusetts and California. Of this 52 person team, 94% are instructors for our In-School Module-Based (ISMB) program. This year, SfS instructors are teaching more than 5,800 students in 46 schools (42 in MA and 4 in CA). Since it's founding in 2002, Science from Scientists has worked with over 20,000 students across Massachusetts and California.



Impact Statement

We measure the success of our program in several ways: by tracking Science, Technology/Engineering (STE) MCAS exam scores, by administering pre and post quizzes, by conducting teacher surveys, and by collecting student interest surveys. First, we observed a 25% increase in the number of students scoring Proficient or Advanced on the 5th grade STE MCAS. Second, pre/post quizzes administered with each lesson have shown an average 16% improvement in STEM knowledge retention after SfS visits. Third, we collect teacher surveys twice a year, in January and June, to verify that our program is piquing students' interest in STEM and complementing teachers’ STEM curriculum objectives. The most recent surveys indicated that 90% of teachers surveyed indicated the SfS program has been ‘very influential’ on students’ interest towards science.

Finally, a third party evaluator called PEAR (Program in Education, After-school and Resiliency study- a joint initiative of Harvard University and McLean Hospital) conducted pre/post student interest surveys and found that 82% of students in our program reported more interest in science-related careers and 87% of students reported improvements in their perseverance and critical thinking skills after a year in our ISMB program. Over 93% of our partner schools request us back year after year. We strive to maintain the quality of our programming by continuously updating our materials and lessons to ensure we remain a relevant resource for teachers and schools.



Needs Statement

The number of career opportunities in STEM across the US is consistently rising; however, the number of students graduating with STEM degrees is decreasing. Research has shown that between grades 4-8, students of all backgrounds are evaluating what subjects they want to study. SfS specifically focuses on introducing students in this age range to STEM topics. The goal is to boost student confidence and proficiency during elementary and middle school and to encourage students to pursue STEM in high school, college and beyond. By bringing our program to students during the school day, we reach every student, not just those who already show interest in STEM. SfS is a firm believer that one of the most impactful ways to reach all children is by offering our programs during the school day so that all students have access to STEM enrichment.


Also, we assist classroom teachers, who may lack confidence in teaching science, by providing

content specialist instructors, who bring challenging, relevant and exciting hands-­on STEM

material into the classrooms. For parents, SfS hosts a password-­protected webpage where parents can log on to view summaries of lesson presentations, pictures of their children, and activities for simple science experiments at home.

CEO Statement

 

I try my best to make science cool. This is something desperately needed by our state and nation. With our work founding and scaling Science from Scientists (SfS), we have been able to positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children. I founded SfS 12 years ago with $119 dollars and a staff of one (me). Now SfS employs more than 50 staff, has a budget of more than $1.1 million and has worked with over 20,000 students in MA and CA. We have been endorsed multiple times by the State of MA for our impact and scalability. We have helped to increase Science, Technology and Engineering MCAS scores by more than 20 % (over 40% in schools that perform below the state average). We are running programs in 46 schools around the country with more than 7000 students this year. My vision is to create a metrics based, scalable STEM program that provides high quality, curriculum relevant lessons to students in grades 4-8 that provides measurable results and inspires children. Our goal is to take this model and continue scaling in a controlled, but aggressive fashion nation-wide. In the last year we have dozens of requests (we have a 70+ school waiting list for the program) for SfS programs. This has created a grass-roots initiative in certain communities to start SfS programs (ex. MN and FL).


My vision is to create a classroom-teacher centric program that teaches children how exciting and relevant STEM is, teaches skills that are critical no matter what career students choose (such as teamwork, critical thinking, and perseverance), and prepares students to be competitive in the global marketplace. Finally, I am proud that SfS staff encounter a unique phenomenon when they go into these classrooms. It is routine for our scientists to be asked afterwards for their autographs by the students. Why? Because they are real scientists. If all children finish our program with this sentiment (believing that scientists are “rockstars”), we have truly succeeded.


 


Board Chair Statement



Geographic Area Served

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We currently serve schools in the following communities in Massachusetts: Boston (including the neighborhoods of: Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Roxbury, Roslindale), Boxford, Chelsea, Easton, Everett, Hamilton-Wenham, Haverhill, Lawrence, Leicester, Lynn, Malden, Marblehead, Milton, Peabody, Plainville, Randolph, Revere, Weymouth, Winthrop and Worcester. In California we currently serve schools in the following communities: Brisbane, Mountain View, Redwood City, and San Mateo.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Science & Technology - Single Organization Support
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

1. In School Module-based STEM Enrichment Program

SfS’ core program is the ISMB STEM enrichment program. In this program, SfS partners with elementary and middle schools that serve students in our target population of grades 4-­8. SfS sends two, real, charismatic scientists into each of these partner schools during the school day to see the same group of students every other week throughout the entire school year (~18 visits between September and June).


During each visit, SfS instructors coordinate with classroom teachers to select one of our 85+ engaging hands-­on lessons in STEM (topics include chemistry, physics, biology, computer technology, engineering design, etc.) to present that day. SfS leads all of the science classes for entire grade levels at the school. All SfS lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and will be consistent with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) standards.


By bringing our program to students during the school day, we reach every student, not just those who already show interest in STEM, whose parents sign them up, or who are able to participate in out-­of‐school programs. In many communities where we teach, students do not have access to after‐school programs or have parents who, due to many circumstances, do not engage fully with their children’s education. SfS is a firm believer that one of the most impactful ways to reach all children is by offering our programs during the school day so that all students have access to STEM enrichment.


Also, we assist classroom teachers, who may lack confidence in teaching science, by providing content specialist instructors, who bring challenging, relevant and exciting hands-­on STEM material into the classrooms. In addition to the lesson presentation, partner schools also have access to additional resources and support for teachers and parents. For teachers, SfS offers teachers “Teacher Prep” documents for each of its modules; those documents list the relevant MCAS standards and background vocabulary/concepts students should know to maximize the impact of the module. Importantly, many of the documents contain explanations or links to complementary resources that can help to get students excited about the topic or for teachers to utilize to increase their own personal content knowledge. SfS also supports teachers during the school science fair process.


For parents, SfS hosts a password-­protected webpage where parents can log on to view summaries of lesson presentations, pictures of their children, and activities for simple science experiments at home.


Budget  $1,000,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Short-term (within one year) objectives of the ISMB program are as follows: First, that there will a be measurable, positive increase in Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) scores for 5th grade students. Historically, we have seen a 25% increase in Proficient/Advanced STE MCAS scores amongst students in the ISMB program.


Second, there will be positive increases in pre/post quiz scores for all students. Last year’s pre/post quiz results indicated a ~16% increase in classroom performance on the post-quiz (which equates to more than “letter grade” improvement in content competency/retention amongst students).


Third, classroom teachers will report increased student interest in STEM as a result of our program and will become more comfortable and confident with STEM content. Historically, 90% of teachers surveyed reported our program as ‘very influential’ on students’ interest in science.


Program Long-Term Success 

In the mi­d‐term (2‐5 years), we believe that repeated positive experiences with STEM content and mentors in the critical years between 4th to 8th grade will spark students' interest and build their confidence to choose challenging STEM courses in high school (such as AP courses) that better prepare them for success in college. This statement is supported by a third-­party evaluation of the ISMB program completed in the 2014-­15 academic year. The ISMB program was evaluated by a third-­party group called PEAR (Program in Education, After-­school, and Resiliency), a joint initiative of Harvard University and McLean Hospital. The PEAR pre-­ and post-­program student interest surveys found that, after one year in our ISMB program, 82% of students reported more interest in science-­related careers and 87% of students reported improvements in their perseverance and critical thinking skills. Over 93% of our partner schools request us back year after year. We strive to maintain the quality of our programming by continuously updating our materials and lessons to ensure we remain a relevant resource for teachers and schools.


In the long term (5+ years), students who experienced our during school program will have the skills and confidence to find high-wage, intellectually stimulating and rewarding careers in STEM fields and contribute in these fields to growing the US economy.


Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  In addition to monitoring test scores we also receive testimonials from students who have been involved in our program. Recently one student sent a long note stating how she wanted to be a Chemist when she grew up because her SfS instructor had positively impacted her tremendously. She reached out to us (now as a junior in high school) asking if we had any potential suggestions for internships in Chemistry that she might participate in over the summer. In order to overcome the challenges of STEM education within the school system, we must focus on student attitude (as illustrated above) and aptitude. We continue to see consistent, positive results in both areas with the goal of continued inspiration and competency of our students in STEM. Being able to inspire students in STEM and provide them with the tools to succeed is an essential aspect of solving the STEM workforce pipeline challenge.

2. Vacation Programs

SfS partners with leading research institutions to host week-long programs that focus on science enrichment. As one popular program example, Science from Scientists creates a comprehensive forensic science mystery for students to explore and solve. Students are guided through a fun and informative experience with hands-on activities and experiments grounded in a customized mystery storyline. These vacation programs are very popular and are often sold out within weeks. We also plan to scale our popular Vacation Programs. Currently these are offered at the MIT Whitehead Institute in four week-long sessions during winter and summer vacation. Our goal is to utilize vacation programs as a source of revenue for the organization by expanding our program offerings during summer vacation, winter holidays, and spring break across all of our geographies. We would eventually like for these programs to be scaled nationally.
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Math & Science
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  We hope to excite students with hands-on science experiments in a week-long program. We have students fill out feedback forms about the experience. For us, success is 90% "very satisfied" on the evaluation. Traditionally, feedback forms come in at over 96% "very satisfied"
Program Long-Term Success  We hope that students will be "wowed" by the experiments and that they will become excited about the relevance of science in their daily lives. We also introduce students to forensic science jobs here.
Program Success Monitored By 

We monitor success using feedback forms from students who state how much they have enjoyed the science week-long program and how much they have learned.

Examples of Program Success  Many of the students that attend our camps are the firsts to sign up for next year's camp. We also have several employees of the Whitehead Institute that donate their time and enjoy working with our camps.

3. Science Theatre

Science from Scientists has developed a traveling Science Theatre show that features awe-inspiring, interactive science demonstrations for large (100+) groups. The audience is equipped with all necessary safety gear as our instructors reveal the science behind the extraordinary in this entertaining and engaging program. Since 2013, SfS partnered with Raytheon and the New England Patriots to host Science Theatre shows at "The Hall" at Patriot Place for 400 children. In February 2014, SfS was invited to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida to perform our Science Theatre show at Epcot and in June 2016, the show was performed at the Andrew’s Air Force Base in Maryland. Shows are available in 20, 30 or 60 minute segments. Content can be tailored to the age of the audience.


Budget  $32,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Math & Science
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success  We hope to get a HUGE WOW reaction from students who are watching the science theater event. This will spark curiosity and the desire to learn more about science. We hope that over 95% of the students rate this event as a "5" on our assessment form.
Program Long-Term Success  We hope that students will be "wowed" by the experiments and demonstrations they see and will become excited about science and engineering such that they will become scientists and engineers.
Program Success Monitored By  Feedback forms from students state how much they have enjoyed the show and how much they have learned.
Examples of Program Success  At the conclusion of several science theater events, students have begun discussing topics amongst themselves. We have helped to spark interest in science amongst those who might not have been interested before. Although this is the shortest of our programs, being a one day, single hour event, we are able to obtain a huge WOW factor, sparking excitement in the students participating. We are also able to reach a much larger audience.

4. Science Fair

Science from Scientists co-runs the Boston Regional Science Fair with Boston Public Schools and Northeastern University. We are able to coordinate fundraising initiatives for student prizes, help tally and organize judging scores, and assist with overall judge recruitment from corporate sponsors.


Budget  $9,950.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success  In the short term, we hope that student interest in STEM will be sparked. We will be able to observe whether students continue working on their science fair projects to gauge their interest in STEM.
Program Long-Term Success  We hope that in the future students who participate in science fair will become scientists and engineers. As has been the case for many youngsters who participate in science fair, this is a way to pick a topic and spend many hours learning as much as possible about it. Countless weeks and months are spent on developing a science fair project. Students learn about the scientific method and how to effectively "think like a scientist." They are then forced to learn how to communicate their research to others.
Program Success Monitored By  It is challenging to monitor program success at science fairs, especially in its correlation to academic success. We will observe whether the same students repeatedly participate in science fairs, which would be an indication that these students enjoy the experience.
Examples of Program Success  We have had several stories of students who wanted to do more with their science fair projects. These students became engaged in the topic of their project and SfS helped them to do more by suggesting future steps and recruiting potential mentors in the particular field of study.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

SfS programs have developed in scope and complexity this year from our traditional year-long module based instruction and science fair assistance to interactive science theater presentations and professional development point offerings. In addition, SfS has created a password protected section (portal) on our website accessible by parents of children participating in our program. Here parents can read descriptions of what their children did at school, see pictures of the lessons, and also view additional “suggested” take home activities. The goal of this program is to provide extra enrichment opportunities for curious students and their families to do together at home, further nurturing these potential future scientists. We are excited to be offering this "at home" component of our programming.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle
CEO Term Start Mar 2002
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

 

Erika Ebbel Angle received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2012 from Boston University School of Medicine. She holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Erika is the CEO and co-founder of Ixcela, a Biotechnology start-up company aimed at developing diagnostic tests and natural interventions to improve gut microbiome efficacy and prevent neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.

In 2002 Erika founded Science from Scientists. Erika currently serves on the Massachusetts STEM Council Legislator Education Work Group and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education STEM Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. In 2014 the Boston Business Journal selected her as one of the “40 Under 40″ business and civic leaders who are making a major impact in their respective fields in the Boston area. Her accomplishments have also been recognized by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Awards for Emerging Executive. In 2013 the Boston Chamber of Commerce selected her as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” in Boston. Selected by L’Oreal Paris as a 2007 Woman of Worth for her work with Science from Scientists, Erika has been featured on Lifetime TV and Nova Science Now on “The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers.” She is the host of “The Dr. Erika Show,” an educational science TV show for children.

Erika served as a Commissioner for the MA Commission on the Status of Women. Erika was Miss Massachusetts 2004 in the Miss America Scholarship program. At age 11, she became interested in isolating natural antiviral products from an herb. She continued to pursue this interest for the next 7 years, winning multiple state, national, and international science fair competitions.

Outside of work, Erika enjoys SCUBA diving, skiing and, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, continues her lifelong passion for classical piano. She is married to Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot.


 

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Dr. Alicia Bielik Director, Boston Operations Alicia earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Boston University in 2007. While at BU, her research focused on the quantification of sulfated carbohydrates in healthy and osteoarthritic cartilage using the technique of mass spectrometry. Alicia currently works for New England Biolabs, Inc. as the Group Leader of Glycobiology and Proteomics Production. She focuses her efforts on the production of carbohydrate modifying enzymes, as well as proteomics reagents and protein expression products. Alicia oversees Operations in Greater Boston in addition to co-ordinate instructor recruitment efforts and communication with school partners.
Karlene French Director, Minnesota Operations Karlene has Bachelor’s degrees in Geology and German from the College of St. Thomas, a Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Muenster (Germany), and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She has close to 30 years of industry experience in the field of environmental compliance and cleanups. Karlene manages the instructors and school partnerships in Minnesota and assists the development team with fundraising and networking.
Lauren Koppel Outreach Director Lauren earned her Bachelor degree in Biology & Psychology at Clark University, where she researched the neurodevelopmental and genetic phylogeny of annelids. She received her Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; her studies focused on developmental and educational psychology. Lauren oversees outreach programming, including special events and vacation programs.
Yasmin Kroll Development Manager Yasmin earned her B.S. in Microbiology from the Ohio State University and researched cancer cell signaling pathways at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Yasmin manages fundraising efforts including generating revenue from corporate/foundation grants, private donations, and assisting schools/district with Fund Local.
Dr. Erika Montague Director, California Operations Erika earned her B.S. and M.S. in Biology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and received her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Johns Hopkins University. She has over 15 years of experience in collaborative research, development, and outreach of ocean science and technology. Dr. Montague oversees the CA office in addition to partnerships within this region.
Dr. Payal Patel Director, Worcester Operations Payal is a physiologist by training. After earning a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science, her postdoctoral research investigated a link between dietary fat and cardiac stress. Dr. Patel manages the instructors in Worcester in addition to school partnerships within this region.
Amanda Schutt Chief Operations Officer Amanda earned her MS in Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University where her research focused on bioassessments of aquatic ecosystems. Amanda oversees operations, finances, and programs for all SfS offices and manages strategic initiatives within the organization.
Cortney Wieber Director of Education Cortney earned her MS in Tropical Ecology and Conservation Biology from James Cook University in Australia where her research focused on the role of flying foxes as hosts for zoonotic viruses. Cortney oversees the curriculum development team.
Beth Zylinski Director of HR & Corporate Communications Beth earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts where her research focused on characterizing nitride semiconductors through photoluminescence. She earned her MS in Engineering Management while working in the semiconductor industry. In addition to her HR responsibilities, Beth also manages the website and social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Vimeo.)

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
@Scale Endorsement Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development 2013
ELP Selected Project Sponsor (1 of 4) UMass Boston Center for Collborative Leadership Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) 2013
Recipient of Consulting Services Community Consulting Teams (CCT) 2013
Showcased Charity at 7th Annual Tech Charity Wine Party Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG_ 2013
Cited Science from Scientists as one of four examples of best practice in MA MA Governor's STEM Council 2010

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 41
Number of Volunteers 2
Number of Contract Staff 28
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 52
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): mixed race
Gender Female: 42
Male: 17
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Colin Angle
Board Chair Company Affiliation iRobot
Board Chair Term Oct 2016 - Jan 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Colin Angle CEO, iRobot Voting
Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle Executive Director & Founder, Science from Scientists Voting
Brian Cali Ironwood Pharmaceuticals --
Jim Ellard CEO, New England Biolabs Voting
Judd Rottenberg Long's Jewelers Voting
Dr. Isa Kaftal Zimmerman IKZ Associates Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Patricia Haddad MA State Representative --
Doron Markus M.S. San Mateo Department of Education --
Richard Merrill E.d. -- --
Josh Seftel PBS Children Network --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $756,383 $505,834 $473,264
Total Expenses $757,832 $485,845 $458,053

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $185,638
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $496,952 $452,281 $151,110
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $259,431 $53,553 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $88,186
Other -- -- $48,330

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $478,673 $322,021 $371,790
Administration Expense $220,835 $114,723 $47,234
Fundraising Expense $58,324 $49,101 $39,029
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.04 1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses 63% 66% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 11% 12%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $144,527 $89,153 $47,890
Current Assets $126,775 $79,383 $47,890
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $79,148 $22,325 $1,052
Total Net Assets $65,379 $66,828 $46,838

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.60 3.56 45.52

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's reviewed and audited financials.

Please note, the organization had a change of fiscal year in fiscal year 2011; therefore, a partial year Form 990 covering January 1, 2011 - August 31, 2011 is posted above for your reference.
 

Documents


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The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

In the short-term (1-2 years), our primary goal is to provide our 46 current partner schools with real, charismatic scientists to serve as role models for 4th-8th grade students across Massachusetts and California through delivery of our core In-School Module-Based (ISMB) STEM Enrichment Program. In 2014-15 we created a funding scalability strategy with the purpose of identifying local sources of funding/support to sustain our core program in currently served schools to help shift our resources towards our wait-listed schools thereby scaling the program. We currently have a waitlist of over 70 schools across the US. Our goal is to tackle the program wait list by having current partner schools participate in fundraising efforts through our scalability strategy in addition to scaling the program by adding new offices and science kits ‘hubs’.

Our long-term (3+ years) goal is to become the national go-to STEM solution for elementary and middle schools. We plan to expand our core ISMB program to more than 100 schools by 2020. We also plan to scale our popular Vacation Programs. Currently these are offered at the MIT Whitehead Institute in four week-long sessions during winter and summer vacation. Our goal is to utilize vacation programs as a source of revenue for the organization by expanding our program offerings during summer vacation, winter holidays, and spring break across all of our geographies. We would eventually like for these programs to be scaled nationally. In February of 2016 we were featured on the cover of the National Science Teacher’s Association Magazine, and on WGBH’s Innovation Hub National Radio Show. We have been receiving requests for the program from across the country. Our longer-term goal is to find new geographies and scale to them as possible.



2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

There are several strategies employed to deliver our STEM education program and achieve our desired outcome.


The first strategy is to deliver our program DURING school hours. By bringing our program to students during the school day, we reach every student, not just those who already show interest in STEM, whose parents sign them up, or who are able to participate in out-of-school programs. In many communities where we teach, students do not have access to after-school programs or have parents who, due to many circumstances, do not engage fully with their children’s education. SfS is a firm believer that one of the most impactful ways to reach all children is by offering our programs during the school day so that all students have access to STEM enrichment.


The second strategy is to bring real, charismatic scientists to be role models for students in our program. We are able to harness selectively chosen and trained real scientists with advanced STEM degrees, to deliver during school, state and national frameworks aligned hands-on lab based lessons, in a collaborative program that is cost effective, scalable and has shown measurable impact. SfS instructors are charismatic, real scientists who hold undergraduate degrees in STEM fields and are, at minimum, enrolled in advanced degree programs (MD, PhD, MS, DMD).


A third strategy is utilizing the academic calendar to collaborate with classroom teachers in a multi-touch-point model. Students and teachers are presented with new hands-on STEM lessons (developed by Science from Scientists to align with State and National frameworks) every other week (~18 sessions) throughout the year. This strategy allows our scientist instructors to build relationships with the students & teachers, and to ultimately increase student content interest and competency as well as teacher comfort with STEM topics.



3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Science from Scientists was founded in 2002 by Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle with the goal of getting students excited about science. In the last 14 years, SfS has grown to support 50+ SfS instructors, 200+ classroom teachers, and 7,000 +students per year. Our Founder and Executive Director, brings her passion as a science-driven entrepreneur to the organization as well as her diverse experience as Miss Massachusetts, CEO of a local biotech company, and STEM thought-leader. The executive team members each have a STEM background and skill-set in areas such as curriculum development, operations, development/fundraising. Additionally, our Board of Directors come from a variety of backgrounds to help guide and advise the organization as it scales to new geographies.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

In the short-term (1-2 years), Science from Scientists (SfS) primary goal is to provide our current partner schools with real, charismatic scientists to serve as role models for 4th-8th grade students through delivery of our core In-School Module-Based (ISMB) STEM Enrichment Program. In 2014-15 we created a funding scalability strategy with the purpose of identifying local sources of funding/support to sustain our core program in currently served schools to help shift our resources towards our wait-listed schools thereby scaling the program. We currently have a wait-list of schools across the US. Our goal is to tackle the program wait list by having current partner schools participate in fundraising efforts through our scalability strategy in addition to scaling the program by adding new offices and science kits ‘hubs’. We will measure our progress by monitoring the number of school partners, students served, and new geographic locations.


Our long-term (3+ years) goal is to become the national go-to STEM solution for elementary and middle schools. We plan to expand our core ISMB program to more than 100 schools by 2020. We also plan to scale our popular Vacation Programs. Currently these are offered at the MIT Whitehead Institute in four, week-long sessions during winter and summer vacations. Our goal is to utilize vacation programs as a source of revenue for the organization by expanding our program offerings during summer vacation, winter holidays, and spring break across all of our geographies. We would eventually like for these programs to be scaled nationally.


In February of 2016 we were featured on the cover of the National Science Teacher’s Association Magazine, and on WGBH’s Innovation Hub National Radio Show. We have been receiving requests for the program from across the country. Our longer-term goal is to find new geographies where teachers express a desire for the program and to scale to these locations as our budget permits.


Our overall goal is to improve students’ attitudes and aptitudes towards STEM. We track the progress of this goal by monitoring the improvement in standardized test scores, conducting pre/post-quizzes, and collecting teacher surveys.



5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

In terms of reaching our organizational goals, our school partner list has grown to more than 40 schools and 5,800 students receiving our core In-School Module-Based STEM Enrichment program. This year, we are expanding our footprint to Minnesota and will begin programming in September 2016. We are working with teams across the country to expand our program to new geographies.


In terms of reaching our programmatic goals, we have several metrics to track our accomplishments. First, we observed a 25% increase in the number of students scoring Proficient or Advanced on the 5th grade Science Massachusetts Standardized Test. Second, pre/post quizzes administered with each lesson have shown an average 15% improvement in STEM knowledge retention after SfS visits. Third, we collect teacher surveys twice a year, in January and June, to verify that our program is piquing students' interest in STEM and complementing teachers’ STEM curriculum objectives. The most recent surveys indicated that 90% of teachers surveyed indicated the SfS program has been ‘very influential’ on students’ interest towards science.

Finally, a third party evaluator called PEAR (Program in Education, After-school and Resiliency study- a joint initiative of Harvard University and McLean Hospital) conducted pre/post student interest surveys and found that 82% of students in our program reported more interest in science-related careers and 87% of students reported improvements in their perseverance and critical thinking skills after a year in our ISMB program. Over 93% of our partner schools request us back year after year. We strive to maintain the quality of our programming by continuously updating our materials and lessons to ensure we remain a relevant resource for teachers and schools.