It only takes a spark . . .
RESET believes in getting kids EXCITED about science, technology, engineering, and math
“I like science because you get to use your own brain.”—Junior, Whittier Elementary School
“I like the strawberry DNA experiment because it's something you can do at home and it demonstrates how and what cells do.”—Simone, Clopper Mill Elementary School
“I like science more than playing outside!”—Kinza, Sugarland Elementary School
These are the voices of just a few of the thousands of students who have been inspired by RESET, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization that delivers enriching and engaging science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities to Pre-Kindergarten through 8th-grade students.
RESET (Raising Excitement for Science, Engineering and Technology) uses hands-on experiments, inquiry-based classroom activities, and complementary field trips to introduce children—many of them from under-resourced communities and schools—to the joys of science. We do this through our wonderful volunteers—scientists and engineers who are eager to share what they know with children who may have never met a scientist before or who have limited understanding of STEM professions.
RESET was founded in 1988 and incorporated in 1995 in Washington, DC, serving children throughout the DC metro area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland. RESET has also begun to explore replication of the program in other areas of the country, and has initiated pilot programs in Burlington, Vermont and Wilmington, Delaware.
RESET works closely with our volunteers to match them with the right schools, teachers, and programs, and we provide excellent training, mentoring, and resources to assist them in their work with students. We want volunteering for RESET to be an experience that is as gratifying for our volunteers as it is for the eager young learners they serve. Find out more ».