Educational Institutions

Machine Science Inc.

  • Cambridge, MA
  • www.machinescience.org

Mission Statement

To foster critical thinking and technological competency among underserved and underrepresented young people through hands-on robotics, science, and data exploration.

Main Programs

  1. Afterschool Engineering and Robotics
  2. Water SCIENCE
  3. Robot Sumo
  4. iSENSE
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

STATEWIDE

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Saadia Husain Baloch

Keywords

Self-reported

engineering, technology, after-school, education, STEM, Water SCIENCE, robotics

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EIN

04-3566815

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments: Held our tenth annual Robot Sumo competition at Boston's Museum of Science. Funded and facilitated afterschool robotics and engineering at Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which had two students win medals in the "Travelling the Unknown" Boston Public Schools (BPS) Robot Olympics challenge that required their robots to travel autonomously through a mystery course.Collaborated with TechBoston to facilitate an engineering bootcamp during school vacation. Collaborated with University of Massachusetts, Lowell and the National Park Service to engage middle school students in Tsongus River data collection, visualization and sharing, using iSENSE. Over 500 users registered on the iSENSE data visualization and sharing website. Goals: Provide professional development for ten BPS teachers, facilitating their participation in the three-state Water SCIENCE program, coordinated through Concord Consortium and funded by the National Science Foundation. Recruit, train and support mentors for the above-described Water SCIENCE program. Continue to fund and facilitate Robot Sumo afterschool support and annual tournament Continue to fund and facilitate the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing engineering and robotics program, preparing students to compete in the BPS Robot Olympics.Expand the capabilities and use of the iSENSE data visualization platform.

Programs

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Program 1

Afterschool Engineering and Robotics

Afterschool engineering and robotics program at Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing facilitates hands-on engineering activities with elementary students and hands-on robotics with middle and high school students.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 2

Water SCIENCE

In Supporting Collaborative Inquiry, Engineering and Career Exploration with Water (Water SCIENCE), middle school students from southern Arizona, southeastern Pennsylvania, and eastern Massachusetts complete hands-on science and engineering activities, receive guidance and instruction from undergraduate and graduate student mentors, interact online with STEM professionals, and learn about careers in environmental conservation and engineering while investigating their community's local water resources. This program is organized by Concord Consortium, with Machine Science managing the Massachusetts teacher and student activities.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 3

Robot Sumo

Every year, teachers organize afterschool programming for students interested in competing in our end-of-year Robot Sumo Tournament, held at the Museum of Science. We provide support to the students and teachers preparing for the annual competition.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 4

iSENSE

iSENSE is a web system for sharing and visualizing scientific data. It is intended to be a resource for middle school and high school science, math, and engineering instruction, developed in collaboration with University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

STATEWIDE

Funding Needs

Capital expenses support to upgrade computer systems and re-launch website: $5,000Funding to continue and expand existing Robot Sumo program, through the purchase or robotics kits for schools with student bodies that are underserved and underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics): $10,000Funding to continue the Horace Mann robotics and engineering afterschool program: $30,000 Water science (or enthusiast) mentors to provide hands-on support in the classroom for teachers implementing the Water SCIENCE program during the 2015-2016 school year.Financial support to cover operating expenses including rent, utilities, and increased hours for the part-time Executive Director: $50,000

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Machine Science Inc.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Saadia Husain Baloch

BIO

Saadia Baloch has worked for many years as a software engineer in embedded systems, designing and writing software for devices as diverse as laser printers, cable set-top boxes, internet-enabled cameras and package scanners, and for the OLPC XO children's laptop computer. She's also been keen to help girls get excited about engineering as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for 7 years. Saadia holds a S.B in Computer Engineering from M.I.T and a M.S. in Computer Science from Brown University. She feels it should be a priority to get people of all ages and abilities comfortable with the concepts behind the technology that runs our daily lives, from the ""internet of things"" to the huge repositories of our data footprints that large companies maintain.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Sam Christy

Medford Vocational Technical High School

Term: Jan 2001 -

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