Educational Institutions

Inquiry Facilitators (IF), Inc.

  • Bernalillo, NM
  • www.roboquerque.org

Mission Statement

Our mission:
Enhance STEM education through academic competitions, support of student research, and teacher professional development.

Main Programs

  1. RoboRAVE International robot education & competition
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Mexico

Primarily New Mexico but not limited to this state. Other US areas served; Arizona, Colorado, Texas, California; Outside US areas: China, India, Japan, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Zambia, Nigeria, Spain, France, Russia, and the Czech Republic

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Russ Fisher-Ives

Keywords

Self-reported

robot, robots, robotics, passion, research, science, math, K-12, student research, inquiry, teacher professional development, secondary education, inquiry, SciMatics, ISEF, international science & engineering fair, competitions, academics, STEM, new mexico, core value

Notes from the Nonprofit

We are a small non-profit that is making big changes around the world. We are growing organically based on face-to-face connections. We are doing this to achieve one goal: Engage more students, worldwide, in STEM opportunities. We are dedicated, passionate, educators. Plain and simple.

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EIN

72-1551104

Physical Address

724 South Camino del Pueblo

Bernalillo, NM 87004

Also Known As

If Inc.

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (U01)

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

Self-reported by organization

-- Held the 14th Annual RoboRAVE International robotics competition for over 1500 students May 3-5, 2015
-- Provided professional development and program outreach around NM for teachers and students;
-- Expanded our program to Nigeria, Zambia, India, Japan, Canada, and Russia during 2014-15
-- Established a second program in MĂ©xico as of Sept. 2015
-- Developed an educational robot (Arduino based platform) for the classroom
-- Leveraging our relationship with the Albuquerque Sister Cities Organization (ASCO) and Intel to expand into all 10 sister cities linked to ASCO

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

RoboRAVE International robot education & competition

Our programs as of September 2015:

RoboRAVE International robot education & competition: 2001 - PRESENT
International competition is held annually in Albuquerque, NM on the 1st week of May. Open to any kid, from anywhere, ages 8 to 98. Team format, primarily autonomous robots are designed and programs for a variety of robotic challenges. Open to any robot platform with the focus on FUN while Learning, Sharing, and Teamwork. Winning is SECONDARY! Fast facts from 2015: over 1500 participants, on over 500 teams, from 9 countries. NEW for 2016 - Robotovate: The Entrepreneurial Challenge - bring new robotic device to the market and be selected based on your abilities to market it to the audience for votes: $ 12,000 in cash awards to this challenge. More info: www.roboquerque.org. For global info: www.roborave.org

Program: The 2007 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
We are the Official NM Host Committee, as selected by Science Service, Inc.,(www.sciserv.org) to handle the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in NM (Albuquerque)responsibilities.

Program:Creating A New Element Workshops: 2005, 2006
Teacher training by teachers to embedded successful inquiry teaching teachniques to enhance more student research in the classrooms.

Program: NM Young Researchers Conference, 2005, 2006
To annually hold a statewide conference with a banquet for all NM students who have a passion for science and math.

Program: NM Young Reseachers Facility, 2005
To build and operate a research facility in NM for High School Juniors and Seniors in which they will spend a full month on site during the summer along with NM's leading research community. This program will model the National Youth Science Camp (www.nysc.org) held in West Virgina each summer for 2 HS graduates from every US state.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

340,000

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To change the world by offering the opportunity for kids, anywhere, to be able to afford to play in the world of robotics, both for short term rewards, and long term growth into a STEM profession.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Keep the cost low, thus affordable.

    Allow any community to take what we have and use the parts that fit their need.

    Promote the successes of all participating groups and countries to be contributing members in our growth.

    Do business on a handshake, not on a contract.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Passion.
    Networks.
    Educators.
    Experience.
    An real hands-on activities that kids love...and lessons to learn from as they play
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Growth.
    Acceptance.
    Shared robot challenges from our members.
    The PULL of our program INTO communities vs. us PUSHING our way in.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Have not raised enough awareness in the US - we have more international participation than US States.

    Have reached a critical mass to be pulled into more communities, internationally and as of the last two months, the US has begun (AZ, TX, CO, CA)

    Have not gotten a well known champion to hearld our success, YET.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Mexico

Primarily New Mexico but not limited to this state. Other US areas served; Arizona, Colorado, Texas, California; Outside US areas: China, India, Japan, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Zambia, Nigeria, Spain, France, Russia, and the Czech Republic

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Funding Needs

180,000 USD for the annual production of the RoboRAVE International. This covers the facility, workshops, robot kits, travel, and administration of the program.

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Financials

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INQUIRY FACILITATORS INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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

Inquiry Facilitators (IF), Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Russ Fisher-Ives

BIO

Russ Fisher-Ives, President, is the founder of If inc. He is a former hard rock geologist that entered the field of education in 1984 as science and math instructor. Early on he worked with NM MESA to develop their Annual student Jamboree that now has over 1200 students competing to have fun centered on their mission: Math, Engineering and Science. He taught for 13 years at West Mesa High School (Albuquerque PS) when he left to open the new Rio Rancho HS in 1997. As the first Academy Head for Science he has built the career pathways for Health Science, and Planetary Science. He has guided staff in developing electives that support career paths and brought over $800,000 of outside support for students, teachers and materials. Instrumental in changing the Science Academy to the SciMatics Academy is an example of his committment for integrating Science and Mathematics through applications in our all of our schools. The Senior level (9th-12th grade) and now the Junior level (6th-8th grade) Student Research EXPOs are annual demonstration of that success by the teachers and students in the Rio Rancho Public School System. The school year 2006-07 will have more than 4000 6th - 12th grade students conducting research in line with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) protocols as they vie for over $25,000 in cash awards and advance opportunities to go to the NW Regional SEF in March at UNM.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We can stand in front of the community and say how important science and math are for one's future but it is not until we put our actions (and dollars) to this cause do we mean what we say."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jon Price

Intel Corporation

Term: Jan 2014 - Jan 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

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?

No

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity