"Genius: one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration."

Thomas Edison

Ongoing Science Programs Supported by the NEF

The nearly 500 Sixth graders in the 7 elementary schools in Newark each year have the opportunity to attend Science Camp in the bay area. During this weeklong adventure, students immerse themselves in a natural laboratory for instruction in resource conservation, ecology, and environmental education. On average, Science Camp costs $8,500 for each sixth grade class of 30 students and is completely student funded. The students hold fundraisers throughout the year to help fund their trip.

Today - The NEF provides each of the 7 schools with $1,500 towards the Science Camp program.

Tomorrow - The NEF would like to increase our donation to $3,000 per school to help offset the rising cost of this program.

"Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done."

Robert A. Heinlein

Other Science Activities Supported by the NEF

From time-to-time the NEF supports other deserving science related activities. This support is intended to assist the receiving organization or group with unique or unplanned expenses. Members of the organization must demonstrate a commitment to raising a majority of the needed funds for such activities before the NEF considers funding such a request.

Each year nearly a thousand teams compete nationwide in the Team America Rocket Challenge. A select few teams advance to the finals near Washington DC each May. The Newark Unified School District qualified four teams in one year, the most of any district in California. This windfall stretched the self-funded budget of the Rocket Club and the NEF stepped in to provide funds to ensure lift-off so all the teams could compete.

The computer systems in the Newark Memorial High School computer lab were many years old with many being broken and unfixable. The lab was basically unusable. At the time, the district was operating under severe budget cuts from the state and could not replace the systems. The NEF provided the funds to help purchase new computer systems for the lab. These systems not only supplement traditional classroom learning, they also enable all students to participate in online courses for college prep, advanced placement, and more.