Students 2 Science

Empowering Students to Succeed with STEM

aka S2S   |   East Hanover, NJ   |  www.students2science.org

Mission

The mission of Students 2 Science (S2S) is to inspire, motivate, and educate elementary, middle and high school students in economically disadvantaged communities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) and foster a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. S2S programs immerse students in hands-on, rigorous STEM experiments in state-of-the-art laboratories as well as through virtual programs. Both in-lab and virtual programs focus on increasing students’ understanding of STEM college and career tracks alongside building their content knowledge and technical skills. Students are guided in the experiments by experienced professional scientists, as well as a cadre of volunteer mentors who come from many disciplines in STEM.

Ruling year info

2009

President, Co-founder

Dr. Paul Winslow Ph.D.

Main address

66 Deforest Ave

East Hanover, NJ 07936 USA

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EIN

26-4531439

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

S2S’ primary goal is to help close access and opportunity gaps in STEM education and to inspire, motivate, and educate our nation's future STEM leaders. We believe that great STEM education is an issue of civil rights. In the United States, we would have 3.5 million unfilled STEM jobs by the year 2025, impacting the future of STEM innovation and the continued economic prosperity of our nation. This is primarily because American students in K-12 are persistently ill-prepared for the rigors of STEM courses in higher education, which results in high attrition, low enrollment, and poor graduation rates. This is especially true among minorities, low-income, and underserved populations. 51% of pre-K through 12th-grade students in the United States reside in low-income households/in underserved communities. They are eager to participate in the workforce of the future and are an untapped resource with myriad benefits!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

ISAAC (Improving Student Affinity and Aptitude for Careers in STEM)

ISAAC engages middle and high school students in real-world, hands-on STEM experiences in state-of-the-art laboratories with modern instrumentation and experienced professional scientists, many with PhDs. Scientists are joined by volunteer mentors and assistant instructors who come from many STEM and non-STEM disciplines. Conducting challenging experiments side-by-side with professional scientists, in an authentic laboratory setting, and using sophisticated laboratory instruments, creates a positive and memorable experience for the students and reduces the intimidation that often accompanies STEM-related learning. .


For middle school students, current programming involves three visits to the laboratory, exploring three major topics - matter, solutions, and separations. For high school students, ISAAC currently offers day-long experiences designed to introduce them to careers in bio-technology, pharmaceutical sciences, natural products/organic chemistry, and environmental science. Future programs include forensics, engineering and computer science, among others.

Population(s) Served
Students

V-Lab, our synchronous remote learning program, was designed to eliminate the geographic constraints of ISAAC. Led by enthusiastic and highly qualified instructors from professional studios in our Technology Centers, V-Labs are live-streamed directly into classrooms, enabling students (5th-12th grade) to conduct age-appropriate, hands-on science experiments in various STEM content areas.

All V-Labs are designed to fit into a standard class period of 45-50 minutes. Teachers are provided with a toolbox of materials, including lesson plans, “How to Videos” and experiment supplies. The V-Lab experience also includes in-person or virtual volunteers who serve as positive role models and college and career advocates for students.

Our current V-Lab offerings include over 50 experiments focusing on content areas such as biology, bio-technology, chemistry, earth and space science, engineering, environmental science, life sciences, mathematics, and physics. All experiments are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Population(s) Served
Students

Through participation in the ISAAC and V-Lab programs, teachers have access to a catalog of professional development (PD) opportunities. Teachers may build their capacity to teach lab sciences in their classrooms by attending ISAAC programs with their students and earn PD hours, up to 6 hours for each ISAAC session. Teachers who participate in V-Lab are provided job-embedded PD, 1 hour for each unique V-Lab experiment. Prior to each V-Lab session, teachers are provided with a lesson plan and links to a “How-to Video” for every experiment. The instructional resources increase teacher confidence in the subject matter and support their efforts to provide students with additional problem-and project-based learning.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

STEM Collaboration of the Year Award 2020

New Jersey STEM Pathways Network and Research & Development Council of New Jersey

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Teachers' rating (scale of 0-100%) of instructional experience and program's alignment with school curriculum.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Teachers' rating (scale of 0-100%) of program impact on students' knowledge of STEM careers.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Teachers' ratings (scale of 0-100%) of program impact on students' STEM knowledge and skills.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Teachers' ratings (scale of 0-100%) of program impact on their teaching skills and knowledge.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Teachers' ratings (scale of 0-100%) of program impact on students’ approaches to learning and engagement (e.g., problem-solving, initiative)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We are committed to equalizing access to STEM education and providing workforce readiness skills for 21st Century careers. We serve as a convener between public and private sectors, promoting cross-sector collaborations between businesses, institutions of higher education, district leadership, and workforce-readiness agencies while aligning STEM education with the projected economic growth and global leadership of NJ and USA.

We have created innovative, hands-on STEM education experiences, complete with modern, commercial-grade laboratories and professional scientists, which allow students to perform age-appropriate, rigorous science experiments to solve relevant, contemporary problems. The trajectory is designed to start STEM education early by building on skills from elementary school and continuing through high school. While all students benefit from the experience and guidance S2S provides through its programs, our focus is primarily on those who most need assistance and on those who are least likely to receive such an experience. Approximately 90% of the students we serve come from underserved communities in NJ.

In 2016, S2S entered into a formal partnership agreement with the City of Newark and the Newark Board of Education (NBOE) in order to build a facility in Newark to serve Newark Public Schools, New Jersey's largest urban school district with over 32,000 students. The goal of this partnership is to place S2S in the heart of a community in need and work collaboratively to bring district-wide systemic changes in STEM education. The S2S Newark Technology Center, a 10,000 sq. ft facility with 6 analytical and 2 virtual labs, is housed in the lower level of Newark Board of Education Central office. S2S is embedded in the NBOE’ system and current 5-year strategic plan. According to the NBOE’s new strategic plan, the overarching goal for science education is that all students are immersed in rich, rigorous, and relevant experiences grounded in phenomenon-driven and three-dimensional learning. This is a common goal for S2S, and one that has been executed well through our innovative programs.

S2S has developed three signature programs for accomplishing our mission:

• ISAAC (Improving Student Affinity and Aptitude for Careers in STEM) program offers middle and high school students the opportunity to take part in multiple visits to one of the S2S Technology Centers for practical skills development. They are provided with hands-on access to sophisticated instrumentation and work side-by-side with STEM professionals and volunteer scientists, conducting rigorous, age-appropriate experiments designed to reinforce Next Generation Science Standards.

• Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab), our signature remote learning program, is led by highly qualified instructors from professional studios in our Technology Centers and livestreamed directly into 5th – 12th grade classrooms. Our V-Labs are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and currently offer over 50 experiences focusing on various STEM content areas.

• Teacher Professional Development offers teachers access to a catalog of professional development (PD) opportunities. Teachers who participate in ISAAC and V-Lab programs are provided with job-embedded PD. Prior to each session, teachers are provided with instructional resources which includes lesson plans for the day as well as “How-to Video” for every experiment in V-Lab session.

S2S programs have been designed based on the Next Generation Science Standards:

• Emphasis on hands-on activities and project-based learning
• Interaction with professionals from the private sector and exposure to workforce readiness skills
• Use of programs that are research- and evidence-based
• Employment of programs that are rigorous and consistent with college and career readiness
• Adherence to the goal of preparing students for success in the 21st century global economy

S2S has achieved tremendous growth in recent years, including the opening of a second technology center in downtown Newark and solidifying our role as an authorized leader in STEM education and a convener between public and private sectors. The uniqueness of our approach lies in our state-of-the-art laboratories, our strong cadre of volunteer mentors, and the collaborative relationships that we have formed with a diverse group of partners. Our highly experienced leadership and our generous supporters provide the foundation and guidance for our growth and success.

• Volunteers: The driving force in the success of S2S programming are the hundreds of volunteer mentors - corporate volunteers, individuals and educators - who work directly with students in the ISAAC program and as part of the V-Lab experience. Our volunteers are professional scientists, many with PhDs. The volunteers serve as role models and introduce students to a wide variety of 21st Century STEM career options so that students understand firsthand the possibility of rewarding work in STEM fields.

• Leadership: S2S was established by successful entrepreneurs and veterans of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Their collaboration attracted the support of other successful professionals in the sciences, law, education, and marketing. S2S has an outstanding Board of Directors who provide invaluable guidance, advice and financial support in the establishment and growth of the organization.

• Partnerships: Our ability to form productive collaborations with school districts and other stakeholders is critical to our success. All program development and outreach are conducted within a strong STEM ecosystem comprised of both public and private partners, including school districts, higher education partners, corporate and philanthropic partners, community leaders, local and state policy officials, and more. Such partnerships inform our programming with insights into the needs of the school districts as well as industry demands. Our formal partnership with Newark Public Schools, New Jersey’s largest urban district, is a successful example of our collaborative model.

• Supporters and donors: Funding support for S2S comes from a variety of sources including cash donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals; gifts-in-kind from corporations; and a broad range of pro bono professional services. This diverse mix of funding fosters our growth and enhances our effectiveness. Volunteer mentors from our corporate partners are a critical and essential part of our success. Our growing list of corporate partners include Airgas/Air Liquide, Ashland, Bayer, BD, Benjamin Moore, Bristol Myers Squibb Corporation, Celgene, Cisco, Daiichi Sankyo, Edison Properties, Merck, Novartis, Panasonic, PerkinElmer, Pfizer, PSEG, Sanofi, and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The past few years at S2S have been marked by tremendous growth, incredible milestones, and exciting achievements. We opened a second laboratory - the S2S Newark Technology Center; our signature programs are expanding rapidly; our volunteer and employee engagement programs, the driving force behind our success, are thriving; and we are continuing to promote and encourage the development of STEM Ecosystems by working with a diverse group of partners and collaborators.

Following are highlights of our achievements over the past decade:
• Developed a unique model which provides comprehensive district-wide STEM solution for underserved communities
• Created a formal partnership with Newark Public Schools, NJ’s largest urban school district
• Built two 10,000 square feet Technology Centers
• Served over 100,000 students
• Partnered with over 45 school districts
• Interacted with over 2,000 teachers
• Engaged over 1,000 volunteers annually
• Innovated great science education in contemporary teaching methods and platforms

Going forward, S2S will continue to work towards reaching our full potential as a national model in authentic STEM education and urban community development.

Our larger, overarching vision is to reach 1 million underserved students annually via the following two strategies:

• Expand to 10,000 V-Lab sessions across the country through collaboration with national partners and school districts in targeted regions.

• Establish 3 – 5 S2S Technology Centers in strategic locations across the country. For the establishment of each new Technology Center, we have outlined a 5-year project plan and budget, from initial environmental analysis through planning and development (including building of a local STEM ecosystem) to full implementation of S2S programs through the Center.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Students 2 Science

Board of directors
as of 10/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stan Nelson

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Term: 2020 -

Stan Nelson

Sr. Director, NA Channel Management, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Larry Fox

President, Fox Valve Development Corp

Probi Kapur

Senior Vice President – IT Finance, Sourcing and Portfolio at AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Gary Pieringer

Chairman & CEO, Viscot Inc.

Angela Bechan

Head of North America Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Sanofi

Jack Delman

Retired School Superintendent

Paul Winslow

President & Co-Founder, Students 2 Science

Erica Ferry

President & CEO, Erica Ferry & Associates LLC

Linda Armstrong

Development Unit Head - Respiratory, Novartis

Ebony David

Executive Director, Human Resources, Quest Diagnostics

Sheila Thorne

President/CEO, Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, LLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? No
  • Ethics and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/07/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data