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[email protected]

 1505 E 17th Street, Suite 218
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 541-5300
[F] --
[email protected]
Eddie Tabata
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 95-2021700 00004



Mission StatementMORE »

The Mission of [email protected] is to inspire middle school students to excel in Science and to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

Mission Statement

The Mission of [email protected] is to inspire middle school students to excel in Science and to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $542,700.00
Projected Revenue $678,900.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Middle School Science Initiative
  • Project Jumpstart

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

The Mission of [email protected] is to inspire middle school students to excel in Science and to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

Background Statement

In February 2002, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) began exploring how to maximize resources to make the greatest impact in improving the educational outcomes for Orange County children. OCCF began by consulting with more than 100 community leaders and professionals regarding K–12 education issues in Orange County. Through this process they identified a significant need—and an opportunity—to dramatically impact the quality of science education in Orange County. Specifically, OCCF experienced a convergence of interest and momentum around one program—inquiry–centered science education. Thus, the idea behind [email protected] was born.
The growing need and passionate commitment to sustain and expand the research based, inquiry science programs for Orange county students resulted in a county–wide summit bringing all stakeholders together. On September 26, 2003 the first Orange County Science Education Summit took place at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center. The following Summit outcome themes became the driving force behind the [email protected] Plan:
  1. Community collaboration and communication to utilize the available resources.
  2. Centralized coordination of county-wide science material support.
  3. Provide a common clearinghouse for professional development opportunities and resources.
  4. Marketing the importance of science education and a “call–to–action” by the community.
  5. Leadership to spearhead and an infrastructure to sustain inquiry–based science.

By 2005, there was a need for [email protected] to align with a science-centered organization that had successful programs, expertise in science education, and the capacity to support this growing effort. The California Science Center in Los Angeles was best organization to fill that role with the synergies of the California Science Center best aligning with the mission of [email protected]

In April of 2010, [email protected] returned to Orange County as project of the Volunteer Center of Orange County now known as OneOC, and remains under that fiscal sponsorship. [email protected] has its own Governance Guidelines, Advisory Board and committee structure to carry on the passion and the mission. The successful programs of [email protected] are the School Districts Served, and the National Lab Network.

Sue Neuen, one of [email protected]'s founders, has been the organization's driving force for nearly 14 years as director. Following her retirement Eddie Tabata has been named Executive Director of [email protected] He brings with him over 18 years of public education experience.  We look forward to his work and leadership in the next chapter at [email protected]  


Impact Statement

2013 marked a year of transition for educators as they started implementing Common Core State Standards and prepared for the Next Generation Science Standards with a broader focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We continued to offer science curriculum unit training to teachers and hosted our first STEM Project-Based Learning Institute in collaboration with the nationally-recognized Buck Institute for Education (BIE). Thirty five teachers participated in the 4-day Summer Institute where they collaborated with STEM professionals to design relevant, community-based STEM units. Our commitment to PBL continued this year with a one-day Symposium for teachers and one-day Institute for administrators. Teachers shared their project successes, discussed challenges, and recommendations for subsequent Institutes. While, administrators gained a better understanding about PBL and strategies for supporting PBL at their school. We launched our partnership with the Orange County Register and celebrated our 10th anniversary. During the year we spotlighted 49 innovative STEM professionals and educators through the SPARK series which appeared each Sunday in the O. C. Register. We celebrated these individuals and our 10th anniversary at the inaugural SPARK Imagination event which is designed to bring the innovative minds of business and education together. In 2014, we  continued to focus our resources and talent towards improving student proficiency in science by assisting teachers in their efforts to provide high quality learning opportunities. 
  1. Help our partner school districts improve science education.
  2. Introduce students to STEM careers, particularly in science and engineering 
  3. Engage local, state and national organizations to support science education in our county. 
  4. Ensure our capacity to support long-term growth and sustainability.
In 2015 we focused on Next Generation Science Standards alignment and implementation and and expanded our Project-based Learning to impact over 40,000 middle school students across 9 school districts. 
Recently, Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) completed a comprehensive evaluation focused on the effectiveness of our partnership since 2009. The study concluded that participating students took 1 additional year of science coursework, had higher GPAs in high school science courses, and 73% enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college. SAUSD is a diverse district with approximately 51,500 Kindergarten - 12th grade students who are 96% Hispanic, with a 93.4% eligible for free/reduced lunch (a reliable indicator of poverty), and 43.5% English learners. 

Needs Statement

  1. Diversified Funding.  We are seeking a fund development consultant to help us execute our plan for securing $500,000 via a diversified funding stream that includes grants, sponsorships, and scholarships. 

  2. Marketing Assistance. We work behind the scenes with district leadership to effect change which is a difficult story to tell. We would like marketing support to help us tell our compelling story via video, printed and electronic materials ($10,000).

  3. Additional Staff Members. In the short term, we are seeking interns to help support our program operations; in the long term we need sustainable funding for full-time administrative assistant, full-time Professional Development Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. ($190,000).

CEO Statement

 What makes [email protected] different from other programs?

One, [email protected] believes in working with district decision-makers to complete strategic plans that effect change throughout the system that is in place. The idea of strategic planning is not new, but one that zeroes in specifically on the science education program is. And built into the plan is the recognition that other areas contribute to success in science, including mathematics, English language arts, technology, and engineering. Our strategic planning process has been proven to be successful; it was designed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center based on National Research Council data.

Two, [email protected] prepares and elevates science teachers so they can deliver inquiry-based science instruction, complete with hands-on materials that engage students in real investigations. The most effective change can be made in the science teaching and learning at the middle school level where all students participate in science coursework everyday. One teacher has the potential of making science exciting for 150 plus students every day. It is our goal to prepare and support those teachers so they can launch students into high school coursework with the content and skills they need to pursue a STEM career.

Three, Orange County districts that partner with [email protected] have a “guiding star”. [email protected] serves as a monitoring entity outside of the district, offering technical support, expertise on strategic plan implementation, teacher professional development, leadership assistance and funding to bridge the gap between what a district can afford and “good science”. [email protected]'s experience and network within the community provides school districts the access and connections to support and improve strategic plans for Science education. 

Four, [email protected] expands STEM learning beyond the classroom by connecting both educators and students with scientists and engineers in the field that have a passion for their work. Students need to see what it is they could become; the skills they need to acquire, the education they need to have, and the environments in which they might work. Classrooms cannot offer that. [email protected] provides a bridge to the community for teachers and students.

Board Chair Statement

Looking back over the progress of [email protected] the Advisory Board and the staff can be proud.  We have tripled the percent of students in Santa Ana who score advanced on their eighth grade science tests. This was accomplished by our providing professional development using the Smithsonian Science Education Center model and providing kits that help illuminate the science concepts and scientific procedures behind each science unit.

For me this has led to two significant accomplishments: 

  • In the short term, dozens of students, who would have scored low and quite likely have dropped out of science, have been motivated and prepared to take advantage of high school and college science courses. They now have the option to enter STEM careers if they so choose.
  • In the longer term, teachers who have undertaken our professional development are able to communicate the ideas behind their science units in ways that excites the interest of not only these students but their future students as well. For these teachers the program is self-sustaining.

 In Orange County [email protected] has pioneered the method which will underpin the Next Generation Science standards. School districts have taken notice of and are prepared to join us in this effort. Our only limitation is the funds to move the program forward.

On a personal note this has been a decade long endeavor. In the early 2000’s I was on the Board of the Orange County Community Foundation. We had undertaken an audit of developing needs in the county that warranted our focus. What was clear from this effort was that our students were not being prepared adequately for STEM careers.

As a result the Foundation incubated [email protected] to tackle this problem. Our pilot effort was in one of the lowest scoring districts -- Santa Ana. The success of our effort, confirming both that students had been indeed left behind and that we had a way of dealing with the issue, has been extremely gratifying.

 ~D. Siegle, Past [email protected] Board Chair

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations can be made by mailing a check, in-kind donations, sponsorship or going to our website and clicking on the donate page. [email protected] has opportunities that require professionals in science, technology, engineering and math to share their skill and knowledge with students in 6th - 12th grades in Orange County.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Orange County, California

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Youth Development -
  3. Science & Technology -



Middle School Science Initiative

The [email protected] Orange County Middle School Science Initiative (OCMSSI) was created to address the need to improve the teaching and learning of science in Orange County middle schools.

After determining that middle school was where the “science drop–out” was occurring, [email protected] began to focus on the teaching and learning of science to ensure students are prepared for high school course work. A school district team develops a strategic plan to be implemented over a three to five year span addressing the critical success areas of curriculum, professional development, assessment, materials management and community support. [email protected] oversees the completion, the funding support, the implementation, the data collection, and ultimately the sustainability of the plan. School districts with middle level strategic plans for science are: Buena Park School District and Santa Ana School District. [email protected] is also in the process of ensuring relationships with six additional districts. 

Budget  650,000
Category  Education, General/Other Teacher & Faculty
Population Served Adults Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  In progress
Program Long-Term Success  In progress
Program Success Monitored By  In progress
Examples of Program Success  In progress

Project Jumpstart

The GOAL of JUMPSTART is to prepare Orange County school districts to fully implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curriculum by the 2019-2020 school year. Briefly, within NGSS there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. They are a) Crosscutting Concepts, b) Science and Engineering practices, and c) Disciplinary Core ideas. To prepare teachers to implement NGSS curriculum, [email protected] is: 1) providing professional development (PD) for teachers; and 2) providing teachers with the science materials they need to teach the NGSS aligned curriculum.
Budget  $330,000.00
Category  Science & Technology, General/Other Science & Technology, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  The Short-Term success will be measured by increasing the number of middle school teachers using inquiry-based hands-on science curriculum. 
Program Long-Term Success  Long-Term success can be measured by school districts adopting the inquiry-based hands-on science curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This will ensure all middle school students in 6th through 8th grade will have access and participate in high quality hands-on science instruction. School districts who adopt this type of curriculum will be using it for 2018-2026 school year.  
Program Success Monitored By  Pre and Post assessment and attitudinal surveys will be administered to determine increase or decrease of teacher use of curriculum. Pre and Post assessment to measure student academic achievement will be use to measure % gained in subject area. 
Examples of Program Success  Project Jumpstart's main goal is to provide teachers the access and professional development for NGSS curriculum.  Teachers who participate in the project should be more inclined to recommend to their peers and school administration of the value of inquiry-based hands-on science instruction provides for students. 


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Eddie J. Tabata
CEO Term Start July 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
David Seigle President --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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OCSTEM Initiative, OCDE, Tiger Woods Learning Center, Orange County United Way, Smithsonian Science Education Center, Santa Ana School District, Tustin School District, Placentia-Yorba Linda School District, Buena Park School District, La Habra School District, Capistrano School District, Orange School District, WestEd, Brandman University, 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Steve Gilbert
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Fluor
Board Chair Term Sept 2015 - Sept 2017
Board Co-Chair Mr. Damon Mirchef
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Rutan &Tucker
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2015 - Dec 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Bill Blanning Blanning Communications Group Voting
Michael Burzynski Independent Marketing Consultant Voting
Richard Creager Beckman-Coulter Voting
Eric Eichinger Boeing Corporation Voting
Michelle Freeman Samueli Foundation Voting
Steve Gilbert Retired Sr. Vice President Fluor Corporation Voting
Brian Haggerty IEEE Voting
Jahnavi Lokre Sparton Group Voting
Damon Mircheff Rutan & Tucker Attorneys Voting
David Seigle Retired, In-Three, Inc. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 1 Indian
Gender Female: 2
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $678,900.00
Projected Expenses $542,700.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Financial Statements

2014 [email protected] Financials

2012 ScientOC Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $525,468 $402,077 $520,115
Total Expenses $472,198 $418,800 $400,878

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$375,415 $25,614 $381,395
Government Contributions $46,449 $354,993 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $46,449 $354,993 --
Individual Contributions $2,126 $1,495 $9,694
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $7,720 $7,380 $11,320
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $26
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $3,485 $12,595 $7,886
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $90,273 -- $109,794

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $41,713 $374,899 $362,249
Administration Expense $59,485 $43,901 $38,629
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.11 0.96 1.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses 9% 90% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets -- $102,514 --
Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $53,270 $102,514 --