RocketSTEM Media Foundation

Inspiring the next generation of explorers

Pensacola, FL   |  www.rocketstem.org

Mission

RocketSTEM Media Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established for the purpose of fostering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through the promotion of space exploration. RocketSTEM's goals are to: • Inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and astronauts. • Keep educators informed on space developments and help them better work STEM lessons into their classrooms. • Raise awareness of the benefits of space exploration. • Encourage international cooperation in space exploration.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Chase Clark

Main address

38 S. Blue Angel Parkway PMB#313

Pensacola, FL 32506 USA

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EIN

46-1443599

NTEE code info

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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RocketSTEM is striving to inspiring the next generation of explorers. Through revealing the wonders of space exploration and astronomy, we hope to encourage more students to pursue STEM subjects in school and to follow STEM career paths.

Our programs

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

RocketSTEM Magazine

RocketSTEM magazine is made freely available online, as well as in PDF and print format. It features content geared towards teachers, students and parents too. The publication blends space history – past, present and future – with interviews, career paths, astronomy lessons, aerospace and astronomy news, museum features, NASA technology spinoffs, and educational resources; along with explanations of the mathematics and physics of all things to do with aerospace and space travel.

Population(s) Served

We are working directly with Alan Hale to publish and promote Ice and Stone 2020. This weekly series of educational lessons will teach students about the asteroids and comets within our solar system. The material will be made available online and will be free for teachers to adapt for usage in their classrooms.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of website pageviews

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Population(s) Served

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Related Program

RocketSTEM Magazine

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Traffic in 2020 has already surpassed 340,000 page views as of Aug. 4, 2020. We estimate total page views for the year will exceed 650,000 – more than 3x the prior year.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our main goal is to inspire the next generation of explorers, whether they be scientists, engineers, or astronauts. We aim to foster an increase in STEM studies by middle school and high school students in the hopes of increasing science literacy in future generations. We also hope to develop a full set of lesson plans for each grade level that teachers can utilize in their classrooms during Word Space Week each year. Through our worldwide reach, we also hope to encourage international cooperation in space exploration.

Publication and free distribution of RocketSTEM magazine has been our primary outlet for reaching our intended audience to date. At present, we are developing partnerships with other organizations that will allow us to extend the RocketSTEM brand into other related programs, such as the Reach for the Stars National Rocket Competition. We will continue to publish the magazine, while also developing audio and video concepts to complement the magazine and its content.

We have more than 30 volunteers, mostly from the United States, along with England, Australia and India. Our volunteers have backgrounds in journalism, education, graphic design, photography, IT administration, radio and television production.

We have published 14 issues of the magazine to date, but would like to be able to ramp up the production schedule to at least six issues per year. We'd like to establish scholarship funds for Space Camp and the National Flight Academy. We'd like to develop an audio podcasts and a video program to complement the magazine. We are in the midst of developing our first partnerships with related organizations, but would like to extend that further to entities such as NASA, ESA, ISRO and the Challenger Centers.

Financials

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Operations

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

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RocketSTEM Media Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/4/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chase Clark

Stormrider Media Productions

Term: 2012 - 2020

Chase Clark

Stormrider Media Productions

Anthony Fitch

Student Pilot

Nicole Solomon

Independent

Tim Brown

Old South Property Solutions

Brenden Clark

Independent

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No