Educational Institutions

Einstein Project, Inc.

  • Green Bay, WI
  • www.einsteinproject.org

Mission Statement

Elevating STEM education by enriching student learning and enhancing educator knowledge through interactive experiences. (Revised 1/2016)

The Einstein Project currently serves schools and community partners in Wisconsin.

Main Programs

  1. Hands-on science and engineering kits for classroom use
  2. Professional development for teachers
  3. Hands-on engineering kits for after school and summer camps
  4. Professional development for after school and summer camp educators
  5. Community STEM education leadership and events
Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

We serve schools, districts, teachers and students in the state of Wisconsin with hands-on, inquiry-based science education, and provide leadership and support for science education.

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Ms. Kelly Ellis

Keywords

Self-reported

Science, Technology, Education, Hands-on, K-8, Wisconsin, inquiry-based science, affordable science curriculum, professional development for science, STEM, 21st Century Learning

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EIN

39-1702546

 Number

6949857886

Physical Address

1255 Einstein Way

Green Bay, WI 54311

Also Known As

The Einstein Project

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Physical Sciences/Earth Sciences Research and Promotion (U30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Students in 40 school districts have benefited from The Einstein Project's kits in elementary and middle school for the last 25 years. Our kits provide far more than STEM content as we also provide the necessary professional development to educators before sending the kits to schools. Youth in our community learn problem solving, team building and critical thinking skills which are all critical to success later in life.

The Einstein Project hands-on science curriculum had a significant impact on science test scores among 4th grade students, including those with disabilities, those with limited English proficiency, females, and minority students (Dr. Scott Ashmann study, UW-GB, 2007).


Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Hands-on science and engineering kits for classroom use

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Professional development for teachers

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Program 3

Hands-on engineering kits for after school and summer camps

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Program 4

Professional development for after school and summer camp educators

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Community STEM education leadership and events

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Einstein Project provides hands-on kits for classrooms, after school programs and summer camps after providing the necessary professional development to the educator. Each year more than 65,000 Wisconsin 4K - 8th grade students learn about STEM subjects with Einstein's educational units covering over 50 topics.

    We aim to move the needle for STEM learning in Wisconsin and ensure that the curriculum, materials and professional development are the best possible for the people we serve.

    The Einstein Project has set a long-term goal to become the first choice for the districts we don't currently serve in Wisconsin. Given the results we have produced in "Einstein schools", we would like to ensure that all children in Wisconsin have the best STEM education possible.


  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We believe in continuous improvement.

    We listen to our stakeholder groups (curriculum directors, teachers, volunteers, staff, board members, parents, community education leaders, etc.) and we act on the best ideas.

    We only act in accordance with our core values, principles and fiduciary responsibilities in mind.

    Our board of directors plays a critical role in ensuring our goals are met and our mission is clear.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Einstein Project leverages community funds, bulk purchasing and volunteer support to keep costs low for the professional development and kits we provide to schools and out-of-school-time partners.

    Currently we ship out over 7,000 large totes with hands-on materials to schools and community partners and train over 500 educators annually. We accomplish this with a full time staff of 10 people and hundreds of volunteers from our production facility in Green Bay, WI.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Professors from UW-GB are completing an in depth study of the effectiveness of our kits on 4th and 8th grade science test scores as well as math test scores. The scores of students in districts we serve are being compared to student's scores from “textbook only" districts. The new study is preparing us to have a baseline to not only compare our efficacy with “textbook only" districts, but will also now allow us to evaluate how curriculum updates impact test scores within “Einstein districts".

    Two major expected outcomes for The Einstein Project are:
    1. A significant positive gain in test scores for students
    2. An increase in overall usage from year to year within “Einstein districts"

    The exact measurements in regards to gains in efficacy and increase in overall usage are being developed by our Education Advisory Committee during 2016.



  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We currently serve approximately 10% of Wisconsin children. We would like to serve more.

    The Einstein Project founded the Brown County STEM Network in 2013 with the intent to propel STEM education in Brown County. BCSN partners are capitalizing on the collective resources of the group to raise the bar for STEM education in our community.

    The Einstein Project's Science Expo & Science Fair provides interactive experiences for 3,000-5,000 people annually. This one day event brings together community partners to celebrate science, engineering and technology in a fun and engaging setting.

Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

We serve schools, districts, teachers and students in the state of Wisconsin with hands-on, inquiry-based science education, and provide leadership and support for science education.

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Funding Needs

Contributions;  Grants; Sponsorships; In-Kind donations are all welcomed. Donations of $5 to $50,000 will help us to replace the consumable items in the science units; provide updated and new information; and assist us in promoting hands-on science throughout the state of Wisconsin.

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THE EINSTEIN PROJECT INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Einstein Project, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Kelly Ellis

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Neil Van Dyke

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Term: July 2015 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?