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West Suburban STEM

Elmhurst, IL   |  http://westsubstem.org/

Mission

West Suburban STEM provides Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for school age children, regardless of economic status, school district enrollment, gender or ability. Such activities are provided free of charge, and include sponsoring robotics, math or computer science teams. Participants will be learning not only engineering and design skills, but will also be developing leadership, business, public speaking, coaching and communication skills. We will supply equipment, registration fees, travel and lodging to events and participate in fundraising activities to support these teams and promote STEM activities to the local community.

Ruling year info

2016

Head Coach / Mentor / Board Chair

John Groppe

Coach / Mentor / Board Member

Patrick Stefanski

Main address

205 E Butterfield Rd Suite #615

Elmhurst, IL 60126 USA

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EIN

81-2321060

NTEE code info

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

West Suburban STEM exists to fund, provide, and facilitate STEM educational opportunities for area youth, irrespective of geographic, economic, or enrollment status, gender or ability. WestSubStem Originally began as a set of 4-H SPIN clubs, in an attempt to match the STEM opportunities offered by affluent area school systems, and to provide those opportunities to students from surrounding areas, local private schools, and homeschooled students. As students advanced and our programs spread outside of the 4-H ecosystem, including FIRST and VEX programs, West Suburban STEM was created as a 501(c)(3) to fund these and other programs, which are offered to students without cost.

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?

FTC Team 10836

We sponsor a First Tech Challenge team. FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for students in grades 7–12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots in a 10-week build period to compete in an alliance format against other teams.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

We sponsor a 4-H Robotics Special Interest (SPIN) Robotics club. The club is limited to 5th through 8th grade children. The children are taught simple programming, and engineering. They build their own robot and program it to perform tasks autonomously.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Beginning in the 2019/2020 season we will begin shifting our middle school program to the VEX IQ Challenge. Skills will be similar to the other robotics programs, but should provide a better learning path into the FIRST Tech Challenge program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

How we listen

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

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people

Financials

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Operations

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

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West Suburban STEM

Board of directors
as of 07/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Groppe

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Patrick Stefanski

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Kris Gergen

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable