SCIENCE BUDDIES

Milpitas, CA   |  www.sciencebuddies.org

Mission

Science Buddies is a software and content developer that builds online communities, resources, and tools for K-12 STEM education. A 501c3 public charity, our mission is to help children from all walks of life build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century. We support students in doing hands-on research projects in science and engineering, such as science fair projects. Our flagship product is an award-winning website (www.sciencebuddies.org(http://www.sciencebuddies.org/) ). We are now developing other products for informal science education, too. With unique tools and superior content, the Science Buddies website has become one of the most popular science websites on the Internet.[1](#_ftn1) The site serves a diverse audience of ten million student and teacher visitors annually. The journal Science awarded the Science Buddies website its Science Prize for Online Resources in Education in 2011. The American Library Association, the Parents’ Choice Foundation, and the SciLinks program of the National Science Teachers Association also recommend the site.
To keep up with strong student and teacher demand, our staff scientists publish new content regularly and often collaborate with outside experts such as scientists at NOAA, Stanford, Princeton, and MIT. We provide free, cutting-edge science education tools and resources such as:
·         An online library of 1,000+ Project Ideas (detailed scientist-authored outlines that help students develop a challenging science fair project) and the Topic Selection Wizard tool to help students find a project idea that perfectly matches their unique interests
·         The Ask an Expert online advice forum where scientists and engineers guide students who are doing science fair projects
·         An extensive, step-by-step Project Guide and a robust Teacher Resources area
·         Career Profiles inform students about real-world careers related to their science project
·         Vibrant newsletters, blogs, and social media efforts
·         A Summer Science Camp Resource and other Parent Resources for informal science education at home
·         Mobile apps (e.g. iPhone apps) for science education (coming soon)
[1](#_ftnref1) Visit the independent website analytics tool at www.compete.com(http://www.compete.com/) to compare site traffic of sciencebuddies.org against other science websites.

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Kenneth L. Hess

Main address

560 Valley Way

Milpitas, CA 95035 USA

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Formerly known as

Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation

EIN

94-3216541

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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

The common theme running among all Science Buddies programs is the goal of identifying specific student needs (e.g. 'I need help selecting a topic for my project') and creating solutions (not just reading material) that actively engage students and scientific professionals. Key Science Buddies web-based resources and programs include: * Project Ideas -- an online library of more than 800 Project Ideas. Authored by our staff scientists, these detailed outlines guide students to develop challenging science fair projects. * Ask an Expert -- a staff-monitored online advice forum where scientists, engineers, and talented science students guide students who are doing science projects. They answer questions from students anywhere on a drop-in basis. AAE helps students when they don't have a parent, teacher or other adult with the knowledge or time to help them. * Topic Selection Wizard -- an interactive interview tool that helps students identify an area of science, math, or engineering that suits their interests * Teacher Resources -- a robust selection of classroom aids, planning tools, and teaching guides to help teachers guide students in doing hands-on science projects. We also publish a regular newsletter. * The Project Guide -- a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to doing science research with sample assignments, photos of science fair projects, tips for success, and self-grading guides

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Board of directors
as of 8/16/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kenneth Hess

Science Buddies

Dr. Steven Vogt

Connie Irish Hess

Lynn Brewer

Dr. Richard Popp

Bob Whitmore

Lily De Los Rios

Dr. Craig Sander

Heidi Strahm Black

Elaine Wherry

Meebo, Inc.

Douglas Osheroff

Stanford University

Charles Moore

Advanced Micro Devices

Bernard Harris

The Harris Foundation

Dana Ditmore

Oak Valley Consulting

Brad Crutchfield

Bio-Rad

Amanda Day-Alonzo

Lynbrook High School

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