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It only takes a spark . . .

We believe in getting kids EXCITED about science, technology, engineering, and math

“I like (science) more because we got to do experiments and because Mr. Sowa is kind of funny and makes science more funner.”—Amy, George P. Mullen Elementary, VA

“I didn’t like science, but then when Mr. Smith came it changed my life.”—Jimmy, Barrett Elementary, VA

“It taught me a lot of things I don’t know. Even my Mom didn’t know, and she’s a nurse!”—Student at Shepherd Elementary, DC


These are the voices of just a few of the thousands of students who have been inspired, encouraged, and challenged by RESET, a volunteer organization that delivers hands-on science, engineering, and math activities to students in the Washington, DC metro area.

At RESET (Raising Excitement for Science, Engineering and Technology,) we use hands-on experiments, inquiry-based classroom activities, and complementary DC-area field trips to introduce Pre-Kindergarten–8th grade students—many of them underserved children from low-income neighborhoods—to the joys of science and math. We do this through our wonderful volunteers—professional scientists and engineers who’ve enjoyed fascinating and rewarding careers in their fields and who are eager to share what they know with children who may have never met a scientist before or have little understanding of STEM career choices.

RESET has been bringing enriching science and math activities to students for more than 25 years, and we have a well-honed system for matching our volunteers with the right teachers and schools, and then preparing them well for their classroom experience—an educational adventure that is as gratifying for them as it is for the eager young learners they serve. Find out more ».

RESET Receives Prestigious Catalogue for Philanthropy Award

OneBestPhilan.1617_300RESET is honored to announce its recognition by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the DC metro area's best community-based charities. A rigorous vetting process conducted by 100+ reviewers recognized RESET's program impact and fiscal soundness. Read more about the 2016/17 award.