The results are in: RESET is far more than a successful experiment. An all-volunteer organization of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians, RESET engages students in the STEM world, encouraging them to consider a future in the field. Serving 25 schools, Martha’s Table, and the DC General Family Shelter, RESET reaches 1,900 youngsters annually (pre-K - 8), many of whom live, or attend school, in low-income neighborhoods. Volunteers – sourced from the National Science Foundation, EPA, NIH, Patent and Trademark Office, and others – work closely with classroom teachers to lead hands-on experiments that reinforce the curriculum. An engineer shows how to generate electricity using wind, sunlight, and mechanical energy; a physical anthropologist complements an Earth and Life Sciences module by discussing early humans’ posture and appearance. The goal is not just to teach chemistry or robotics, but to provide children with positive, exciting science interactions – with those who have made this their life's work. With your help, they will inspire a new generation of eager inventors and space explorers!

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; Lyndi Schrecengost

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income

Schools They Work In: DC General Family Shelter (Evening Program); 1900 Massachusetts Ave SE; Washington, DC 20003; ; DC PREP- Benning Campus (Extended Day) ; 100 41st Street, NE ; Washington, DC 20019; T 202.398.2838; F 202.398.2839; DC PREP - Edgewood Campus (Extended Day) ; 707 Edgewood Street, ; Washington, DC 20017; T 202.635.4411; F 202.635.4412; DC PREP – Anacostia Campus (Extended Day) ; 1102 W Street, SE ; Washington, DC 20020; T 202.729.3500; F 202.889.2785; Eaton Elementary School; 3301 Lowell Street, NW; Washington, DC 20008; Martha's Table; 2114 14th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009; 202-328-6608; John W. Ross Elementary School (Classroom, Extended Day, and PreK) ; 1730 R St., NW; Washington, DC 20009; Shaw Center City Public Charter School (Saturday Middle School); 711 N Street, NW; Washington, DC 20011; Shepherd Elementary School; 7800 14th St. NW; Washington DC 20012; Whittier Educational Campus ; 6201 5th St. NW; Washington, DC 20011; Arcola Elementary School Extended Day; 41740 Tall Cedars Pkwy; Aldie, VA 20105; Barrett Elementary School (Classroom and Extended Day); 4401 N. Henderson Rd.; Arlington, VA 22203; Camelot Elementary School; 8100 Guinevere Drive; Annandale, VA 22003; Cora Kelly Elementary School (Classroom and Extended Day); 3600 Commonwealth Avenue; Alexandria, VA 22305; Crestwood Elementary School; 6010 Hanover Avenue; Springfield, VA; 22150; Drew Model School; 3500 South 23rd St.; Arlington, VA 22206; Greenbrier Learning Center (Extended Day); 5401 7th Road South ; Arlington, VA 22204; Jefferson-Houston Elementary School; 1501 Cameron St.; Alexandria, VA 22314; Laurel Ridge Elementary ; 10110 Commonwealth Boulevard ; Fairfax, VA 22032; Liberty Elementary School ; 25491 Riding Center Dr.; Chantilly, VA 20152; Moorefield Station Elementary School ; 22325 Mooreview Pkwy; Ashburn, VA 20148; (571) 252-2380; Pine Spring Elementary School; 7607 Willow Lane; Falls Church, VA 22042; Stratford Landing Elementary; 8484 Riverside Rd.; Fort Hunt, VA 22308; Annapolis Elementary School; 180 Green St.; Annapolis, MD 21401; Clopper Mill Elementary; 18501 Cinnamon Drive; Germantown MD 20874 ; Feynman School; 7730 Bradley Boulevard; Bethesda, MD 20817; High Bridge Elementary School; 7011 High Bridge Rd; Bowie, MD 20720; Princeton Elementary School; 6101 Baxter Drive; Suitland , MD 20746; Waugh Chapel Elementary School; 840 Sunflower Dr.; Odenton, MD 21113


  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   1900
  • Percentage of RESET students who "Often," "Almost Always" or "Always Feel" that Science is one of their favorite subjects:   67%, vs 48% of students nationally

Awards & Recognition

RESET has been endorsed by Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of the District of Columbia School System (DCPS), who wrote: “RESET’s objective of showing students that science is exciting, as well as its longer term goal of inspiring students to consider careers in Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) fields, aligns to the goals of DCPS’ vision for STEM education.”

RESET’s program brochure was honored with a Silver Inkwell Award for writing, and its recruitment video, “Sparking Enthusiasm for Science,” was the recipient of a first place Gold Camera Award at the 2006 U.S. International Film and Video Festival.

We also have numerous testimonials from students, teachers, volunteers, and Principals.

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for RESET is: Less than $500k

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