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STUDENTS FOR THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE USA Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 02/02/2013: STUDENTS FOR THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE USA

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: STUDENTS FOR THE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF SPACE USA

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AKA  SEDS USA
Amherst, NY

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STUDENTS FOR THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE USA Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 02/02/2013: STUDENTS FOR THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE USA

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: STUDENTS FOR THE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF SPACE USA

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Also Known As: SEDS USA
Physical Address: Amherst, NY 14228 
EIN: 80-0220235
Web URL: www.seds.org 
NTEE Category: B Educational Institutions
B90 Educational Services and Schools - Other
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Ruling Year: 2009 
How This Organization Is Funded: The Musk Foundation - $15,000
William and Diana Pomerantz - $2,000
The Space Frontier Foundation - $1,000


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Mission Statement

SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects. SEDS believes in a space-faring civilization and that focusing the enthusiasm of young people is the key to our future in space.

Legitimacy Information

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Leadership

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February 2013)

Daniel Michael Pastuf

Term:

Since Nov 2012

Profile:

Previously worked for a year as the SEDS-USA director of chapter affairs and a year as SEDS-USA Chair, helping to implement many of the organization's current programs.  Additionally, Primarily crafted the first strategic plan for the organization in over 10 years.

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Officers for Fiscal Year (IRS Form 990)

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People information was last updated by the nonprofit in February 2013

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Programs

Program: SEDS High Powered Rocketry Competition (GuideStar Exchange,
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February 2013)

Budget:
$300
Category:
Science & Technology
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

The SEDS High Powered Rocketry Competition is a global rocket competition hosted by SEDS USA that encourages chapters and non members to design, build, and fly high powered rockets.  The annual competition was started in 2011 and is now hosting its second competition.

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Program: Nationwide Science Teacher Outreach (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,000
Category:
Education
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Program Description:

In order to expand the next generation of space citizens, SEDS recognizes that today's youth needs to be encouraged to pursue STEM fields and other related topics. To best inspire and re-enforce today's youth, SEDS is reaching out to today's science teachers through organizations such as NSTA to encourage education about space.  In partnership with The Planetary Society, SEDS has already presented to thousands of science teachers since kicking off the project in March 2012.

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Program: SpaceVision Conference (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$40,000
Category:
Youth Development
Population Served:
Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use
Adults

Program Description:

SpaceVision is the largest student-run and student-focused space conference in the nation. SpaceVision is the national convention of SEDS-USA, and serves to highlight the future of our generation's effect on the future of space exploration. This conference is a gathering of top industry professionals, space leaders, government officials, scientists, astronauts, spaceflight participants, and space enthusiasts.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Every year SEDS chapters involve over 1,000 undergraduate students in hands on technical projects in STEM fields. SEDS also educates K-12 students and the general public on the benefits of space exploration. It is estimated that SEDS reaches approximately 10,000 K-12 students and members of the general public.

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