Educational Institutions

Science Expeditionary Force

  • Austin, TX
  • http://www.scienceforce.org/

Mission Statement

In September, 2004 SEF created a pilot program called Quite Unforgettable Extreme Science Time (QUEST)in Austin, Texas. QUEST is an award winning educational series that combines imaginative and inquiry based hands-on science curriculum with two hours of teacher collaboration time. This program is aimed specifically at elementary school students, where excitement for science begins. After spending thousands of hours bringing QUEST to life, we realized that QUEST could be implemented at other elementary campuses. What was needed was a non-profit organization that can effectively and efficiently implement this and other extremely cool and effective science programs for elementary schools; hence we created the Science Expeditionary Force.

ruling year

2013

Principal Officer

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Kurt Zech

Keywords

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science education, elementary school

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SEF

EIN

20-2344691

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Program 1

Currently QUEST is our main program with the goal of reaching over 13,000 students by the end of 2008. As funding allows, SEF would like to expand QUEST to more schools and also start offering after school and summer science education programs for elementary school programs. Currently SEF has partnered with Central Texas Engineering Week Foundation to expand QUEST.

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Science Expeditionary Force

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Principal Officer

Kurt Zech

BIO

Kurt Zech is the Executive Director and Founder of the SEF. Mr. Zech has a degree in electrical engineering from UIUC, a trade school degree from the IBEW and is the former Director of Operations of the non-profit Fieldbus Foundation. As an Eagle Scout and kinesthetic learner that became a hands-on electrical engineer, he has over 30 years of experience in professional training and education. Mr. Zech excels at teaching the most complex subjects in easy to understand ways. He has educated and trained people from all over the world (on 5 continents) from pre-K to retired grandparents. For the last few years Mr. Zech has been concentrating on educating elementary school students on science and math. In addition, he has also been tutoring students in algebra and science since he was in high school, too many years ago. He is the creator of the innovative, award winning, QUEST science program. He is a steering committee member of the local Engineering Week Foundation. He is a PTA Board and SITE based member of his local school. He has been active in numerous community service organizations for many years.

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