Our History

Since 1991, our nonprofit has been dedicated
to providing excellence in education.

 
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1990 -1995

1990

Steven Van Dyke, Foth & Van Dyke engineering firm's leader, joins forces with David & Cecelia Turriff, local science educators, and local school districts to improve STEM education.

1991

The Einstein Project is incorporated on February 21st, as a consortium of seven area school districts, including Green Bay, Howard-Suamico, De Pere, Denmark, Sturgeon Bay, Pulaski, and Ashwaubenon.

The Einstein Project is born at the "little white house" in Downtown Green Bay on 13th Street and the first annual summer Einstein Academy for Professional Development is hosted.

1994

The Einstein Project outgrows the "little white house" (pictured above) and moves to the Morley Murphy warehouse.

The Smithsonian designates The Einstein Project as a national model for National Science Resource Center (NSRC), one in seven in the nation.

1995

Kindergarten kits are made available for leasing.

 

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1996-2000

1996

Middle school kits and curriculum are added to the kits available for lease.

1997

The Einstein Project outgrows the Morley Murphy building and moves to 3100 Market Street (pictured above).

1998

To expand the hands-on educational experience, the Space Shuttle Pathfinder bus is introduced as a traveling classroom.

The Einstein Project launches their first website. 

1999

The first Patrick Henry Martin Memorial Golf Scramble is held in partnership with H.J. Martin & Sons as a fundraiser for the nonprofit.

2000

The Einstein Project receives a $1.9 million NASA grant in partnership with the WI Space Grant Consortium.

 

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2001-2005

2001

The Einstein Project endowment fund is created at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.

2002

The Einstein Project develops their first in-house kit in partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and Oakwood Elementary. The kit created is the Science of Flight Kit.

2003

As growth continues, The Einstein Project moves to Einstein Way (pictured above).

The first Science Expo and first Butterflies and Friends on Parade events are held. 

2004

The Einstein Project expands their curriculum reach, adding per-kindergarten kits to be available for leasing.

The Einstein Project partners with Festival Foods to create the Grocers on the Green Golf Outing.

 

 

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2006-2010

2007

A study completed by UW-Green Bay researcher, Scott Ashmann, determines that The Einstein Project's hands-on science kits result in higher state standardized science test scores among 4th grade students in Wisconsin.

2008

The Einstein Project science units reach over 85,000 student hands-on experiences each year, with total student hands-on experience since 1991 exceeding a half a million.

2009

The Steven Van Dyke Science Education Memorial Fun is established to provide seed money for new Einstein Districts.

2010

The Einstein Project receives a $1.9 million NASA grant in partnership with the WI Space Grant Consortium.

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2011-2015

2011

The Einstein Project celebrates 20 years of exemplary hands-on science education.

2012

The Einstein Project joins the CESA 7 Science Advisory Council.

2013

The Brown County STEM Network is created by community partners to form a STEM ecosystem. 

2014

Nearly 5,000 visitors attended The Einstein Project's Science Expo - Green Bay.

2015

The Einstein Project introduces an online inventory system to allow electronic kit ordering and professional development registration.

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2016 - Present

2016

The Einstein Project starts to offer Engineering kits and re-induces all forms of STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) in their kits.

The Einstein Project celebrates it's 25th Anniversary by hosting the final Butterflies and Friends on Parade auction event.

2017

The professional development program is revamped making it more virtual to meet the ever-changing needs of the districts.

The Einstein Project drops the word "the" from its name and re-brands, creating an entirely new logo for the organization.

2018

Einstein Project Science Expo changes the name of the event to STEM Expo to include all aspects of STEM fields.

The Science Fair, which was held in conjunction with the Science Expo for 12 years, is branched off into it's own event called the STEAM Fair.