Educational Institutions

RESET

  • Washington, DC
  • www.resetonline.org

Mission Statement

RESET is a volunteer organization of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals whose mission is to motivate children to discover and explore the worlds of science and math, and to encourage them to consider education and career choices in related fields.

The RESET volunteer program has operated successfully in the Washington, DC metro area since 1988. Through hands-on science lessons, interactive experiments and related field trips, RESET volunteers teach children in ways that are engaging, relevant, and fun, helping them to make important connections between life and learning.

The majority of the children RESET serves are from low-income households in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland, as evidenced by the high percentage participating in the Free and Reduced cost Meal (FARM) program. RESET provides students with enriching, positive, and motivational learning opportunities with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), opportunities that are rarely available in their regular class work.

Service Areas

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Virginia

Washington, D.C.
Virginia
Maryland

ruling year

1995

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. John Meagher

Keywords

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STEM, science, engineering, math, technology, working and retired science professionals, early childhood learning, Kindergarten through 8th grade, underserved, low-income, volunteers in education

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EIN

52-1913594

 Number

6565710180

Physical Address

10866 Hampton Road

Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Professional Societies, Associations (O03)

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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ReSET reaches 500 to 750 elementary students each year with a series of science experiments, followed by a field trip to a site related to the scientific field explored in the classroom.  The programs emphasize hands-on science so students get a sense for the laboratory component of science learning, which is otherwise unavailable in the science curriculum in the schools in which ReSET works.  Assessment data show that students like science better after the program, are more likely to study science in high school, and gain a better understanding of what scientists, engineers and mathematicians do on the job.

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

ReSET operates in elementary schools in the Washington, DC area. Volunteers work with classroom teachers in developing a series of hands-on or demonstration experiments that illustrate scientific principles.

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Service Areas

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Virginia

Washington, D.C.
Virginia
Maryland

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Financials

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RESET Retired Scientists, Enginears and Teachnicians
Fiscal year: Aug 31-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. John Meagher

BIO

John Meagher worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years and served as Director of its Wetlands Division from its inception in 1990 until 2005. Mr. Meagher is a former member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, the topmost cadre of federal agency executives. At EPA he supervised a staff of 35 and managed a nationwide program with a budget of $35 million a year. Mr. Meagher started volunteering at RESET in early 2007 and later that year accepted the position of RESET Executive Director. Mr. Meagher has presented hands-on science curricula to elementary school classes in Washington, DC, Annapolis, Maryland, and Arlington, Virginia. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.A. in environmental engineering, both from Manhattan College, New York.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"RESET's success as an enduring Washington institution for
28 years is a tribute to our visionary founder and to
the cadre of talented volunteers who have contributed their time and
expertise.  As we prepare for to carry
this legacy into the future, we must have the ability to adapt to trends in
education, society, and technology.

Today, RESET works within an education environment that
emphasizes standards of learning and testing, and demands quantitative assessment
of the impact of RESET programs. 
We also face great disparities in the learning proficiencies of students
among the schools in which we work.

In the
volunteer recruitment arena, the historically sharp line between working and
retirement has blurred.  At the
traditional age of retirement many of today's workers remain in the workforce,
often changing careers and reducing their number of hours.  Corporations and government agencies are increasingly interested in connecting more with the communities in which they are located, which expands our recruiting pool to include active professionals. 

Our task ahead is to respond
successfully to change while remaining true to our core mission."

Governance

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