The all-volunteer scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians of RESET engage students, many of whom live or attend school in low-income neighborhoods, in the STEM world, encouraging them to consider a future in the field. RESET reaches 3,400 youngsters annually in school, after school, in Girl Scout troops, low-income housing settings, and science and STEM fairs. Going forward, distance learning techniques developed during the pandemic will amplify the in-person model. Volunteers come from the National Science Foundation, EPA, NIH, Patent and Trademark Office, and others. In schools, they work closely with classroom teachers to lead hands-on experiments that reinforce the curriculum. The goal is not just to teach chemistry or robotics, but to provide children with positive, exciting science interactions – created by those who have made this their life's work. They can inspire a whole new generation of eager inventors and space explorers!
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; Lyndi Schrecengost
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)
Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
Schools They Work In: DC General Family Shelter (Evening Program); 1900 Massachusetts Ave SE; Washington, DC 20003; ; DC PREP- Benning Campus (Extended Day) ; 100 41st Street, NE ; Washington, DC 20019; T 202.398.2838; F 202.398.2839; DC PREP - Edgewood Campus (Extended Day) ; 707 Edgewood Street, ; Washington, DC 20017; T 202.635.4411; F 202.635.4412; DC PREP Â– Anacostia Campus (Extended Day) ; 1102 W Street, SE ; Washington, DC 20020; T 202.729.3500; F 202.889.2785; Eaton Elementary School; 3301 Lowell Street, NW; Washington, DC 20008; Martha's Table; 2114 14th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009; 202-328-6608; John W. Ross Elementary School (Classroom, Extended Day, and PreK) ; 1730 R St., NW; Washington, DC 20009; Shaw Center City Public Charter School (Saturday Middle School); 711 N Street, NW; Washington, DC 20011; Shepherd Elementary School; 7800 14th St. NW; Washington DC 20012; Whittier Educational Campus ; 6201 5th St. NW; Washington, DC 20011; Arcola Elementary School Extended Day; 41740 Tall Cedars Pkwy; Aldie, VA 20105; Barrett Elementary School (Classroom and Extended Day); 4401 N. Henderson Rd.; Arlington, VA 22203; Camelot Elementary School; 8100 Guinevere Drive; Annandale, VA 22003; Cora Kelly Elementary School (Classroom and Extended Day); 3600 Commonwealth Avenue; Alexandria, VA 22305; Crestwood Elementary School; 6010 Hanover Avenue; Springfield, VA; 22150; Drew Model School; 3500 South 23rd St.; Arlington, VA 22206; Greenbrier Learning Center (Extended Day); 5401 7th Road South ; Arlington, VA 22204; Jefferson-Houston Elementary School; 1501 Cameron St.; Alexandria, VA 22314; Laurel Ridge Elementary ; 10110 Commonwealth Boulevard ; Fairfax, VA 22032; Liberty Elementary School ; 25491 Riding Center Dr.; Chantilly, VA 20152; Moorefield Station Elementary School ; 22325 Mooreview Pkwy; Ashburn, VA 20148; (571) 252-2380; Pine Spring Elementary School; 7607 Willow Lane; Falls Church, VA 22042; Stratford Landing Elementary; 8484 Riverside Rd.; Fort Hunt, VA 22308; Annapolis Elementary School; 180 Green St.; Annapolis, MD 21401; Clopper Mill Elementary; 18501 Cinnamon Drive; Germantown MD 20874 ; Feynman School; 7730 Bradley Boulevard; Bethesda, MD 20817; High Bridge Elementary School; 7011 High Bridge Rd; Bowie, MD 20720; Princeton Elementary School; 6101 Baxter Drive; Suitland , MD 20746; Waugh Chapel Elementary School; 840 Sunflower Dr.; Odenton, MD 21113
- Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:
- Percentage of RESET students who "Often," "Almost Always" or "Always Feel" that Science is one of their favorite subjects:
67%, vs 48% of students nationally
Awards & Recognition
RESET has been endorsed by Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of the District of Columbia School System (DCPS), who wrote: “RESET’s objective of showing students that science is exciting, as well as its longer term goal of inspiring students to consider careers in Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) fields, aligns to the goals of DCPS’ vision for STEM education.”
RESET’s program brochure was honored with a Silver Inkwell Award for writing, and its recruitment video, “Sparking Enthusiasm for Science,” was the recipient of a first place Gold Camera Award at the 2006 U.S. International Film and Video Festival.
We also have numerous testimonials from students, teachers, volunteers, and Principals.
- Introducing Kids to Hands-On Science
Sun Apr 1 2012, East of the River Magazine
Matt Blakely, director of Motorola Solutions Foundation, compliments ReSET for reaching "underrepresented students" in science and tech.
- Retirees Inspire Students to Study Science
Sat Oct 1 2011, The Beacon
"It's the most intellectually challenging and gratifying volunteer activity that I could think of . . ." said Bob Blumberg
- Back to School: Time to ReSET
Mon Aug 16 2010, The Huffington Post
As was the case in 1989 and remains the case today, cooperation and collaboration are the keys to ReSET's success.
- Rolling the Dice
Fri Jul 16 2010, Science
"I like having another voice in the classroom talking about how math is important, from someone who's used it on a day-to-day basis..."
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- The current budget for RESET is: Less than $500k
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