About Us

MASSACHUSETTS SCIENCE CENTER

400 West Cummings Park, Suite 1725-128

Woburn, MA  01801

781-935-9925

MassScienceCenter@gmail.com

www.TopSecretScience.org   www.Top SecretSpartans.org

www.TopSecretChefs.org

Dear Supporters,

There is a crisis in America that will have a lasting effect on our youth and communities.  Our children are eating poorly, not getting enough exercise and spending too much time on electronics.  There are 10 million children that are obese, 30 million children that don’t exercise for at least an hour a day and 50 million children that spend 7 hours a day using electronic devices.  While there are plenty of temporary fixes and as many schools adopt wellness programs to exercise more and to eat better the statistics continue to worsen every year.

For the past 24 years the Massachusetts Science Center (MSC) has worked hands-on delivering free or low cost customized school STEM, cooking, wellness and fitness curriculum programs to over 1.2 million children at over 400 schools here in New England.

The goal of the MSC is to offer a free year round hands-on wellness program for students from Boston area public elementary schools (K-5). In this program students will attend a class once a week for one year and two weeks in the summer.  A wide range of curriculum based wellness and fitness programs will be taught by local trainers and experts from some of the largest companies in Massachusetts.  Program educators will generously volunteer their time and expertise for this endeavor.

These exciting programs are the best learning opportunities for providing essential hands-on curriculum development especially at schools with at-risk, and economically disadvantaged students.   Keeping our target demographics’ capacity at the forefront of our strategy, all of our classes are provided at no cost. Students will receive a comprehensive curriculum that exceeds state and national standards, extensive hands-on materials, motivational systems and evaluation metrics unique to any other prior training.  Unlike most school nutrition and wellness programs which research show offer very limited long term increases in wellness knowledge, attitude and skill levels, the MSC will make a long-term impact on our students and help them increase their knowledge and enthusiasm for overall well-being while preparing them for their future.

Utilizing an innovative approach, the MSC helps children understand education differently.  The MSC places an emphasis on inquiry and fun by offering spectacular, yet simple, curriculum based programs including school enrichment, after-school programs, professional teacher workshops, and special events.

This unique programming not only encourages our youth participants to enjoy learning it also produces incredible measurable results.  Notable pilot program achievements from the 2018-2019 academic year in the Boston area include:

  • A 92% increase in desired fitness and health outcomes
  • A 64% reduction in electronic device usage
  • A 78% decrease in obesity
  • A 45% increase in grades

Upon analysis, we have found that our 2018-2019 pilot program reiterates the effectiveness of our results oriented, comprehensive, school fitness, nutrition and wellness solution.  Our mission is to engage every eligible student in the Boston area and to dramatically increase their overall health and well-being.

The MSC respectfully requests financial support from individuals and corporations to help provide free interactive wellness education to 1,000 at-risk and disadvantaged students attending schools in the Boston area.  The MSC will use this 100% of this generous support for funding program materials used during our wellness classes.

Wellness is an active process and the understanding and values established in the elementary school years completely shape a child’s development as an adult.  Our evaluation will be based on pre and post testing, logic models, surveys, A.S.K. (Attitude, Skill & Knowledge analysis), and concept maps that illuminate the program’s continued impact.

With your individual or corporate support, you will help enable over 1,000 local students to participate in the free hands-on classes, and in turn increase their chances of future success in school and beyond.  We are compelled to request your support to increase our impact on students by introducing and improving their exposure to wellness activities.  We hope that you can see the value in empowering our youth to take action by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.

I invite you to learn more about the MSC on our website – www.TopSecretSpartans.org.  Given the interest in the expansion and enhancement of educational opportunities, we believe there is a strong alignment between our interests and we would be honored to submit a complete proposal for consideration if necessary.  Thank you for your time and review of this funding request.

Sincerely,

Michael Bergen

Executive Director

2019 Board of Directors

All of our Board of Directors are experienced current or former STEM/Wellness teachers that have worked in our richly awarded Massachusetts Science Center Curriculum System.

Michael Bergen

Michael has been the CEO and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Science Center for 24 years. He has worked hands-on with over 1.2 million children and is recognized as one of the leading educational motivators in the country. As a dynamic professional with international sales, marketing and business management experience he is the driving force behind the marketing, culture and mission of the organization. He has successfully designed programs to help organizations create, manage and implement their strategic vision. Mr. Bergen has superior experience in building national sales teams and challenging the imagination with exciting and innovative products, services, promotions and special events. He has also authored 3 books. Michael was commissioned a Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky for lifetime achievement.

Alison White, M.Ed.

Alison graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2015. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in School Counseling at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Ms. White has been a part of the Top Secret Science and Math team over the past five years. Alison is a counselor at a middle school in Malden, MA.

Lila Gardner

With 5 years of business experience, Ms. Gardner brings a wealth of financial expertise to the organization. Lila graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a Bachelors degree in Crime and Justice studies. For the past 3 years she has worked in the medical field at a veterinary hospital as both Lead Client Service Coordinator and skilled Veterinary Technician.

Steve Small

Stephen has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mr. Small has years of teaching experience including ESL science at an inner city middle school and now currently as a middle school science teacher. Steve also coaches the middle school baseball team.

Kelsey Hargrove

Kelsey is the physics laboratory manager & instructor, and Mendel Observatory director at Merrimack College. Ms. Hargrove received her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida where she studied the composition of primitive asteroids and their connection to water and life here on earth. Kelsey is passionate about STEM and science research especially for women and minorities.

Kelly Holey

Kelly has been a middle school science teacher in the Lynn MA public schools for 4 years. Currently she is the Science Department Head at Breed Middle School. Science has been a passion of hers since she was a young child and she enjoys teaching the content to middle school-aged children. Ms. Carter is looking forward to attaining a graduate degree for school leadership.

Khai McNally-Bibbins

Khai recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Math from the Dominican College of Blauvelt in New York. He has years of K-6 teaching experience. He currently resides in Staten Island, NY and works for a large financial services company.

Chris Buonocore, M.Ed.

Chris graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of the University of New York (CUNY), and has a Master’s Degree in Chemistry Education from Hunter College in NYC. He is currently a high school science teacher in Staten Island, NY. Mr. Buonocore is also CEO of CB Chemistry Tutoring which tutors college students for exams.

Ross Bergen

Ross is the Director of Marketing & Sales for the Massachusetts Science Center. He was formerly the CEO of Serendipity Press which is a publisher of fine books and posters located in the Boston area. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Mr. Bergen received national attention as the first person in Massachusetts history to visit and record all 351 towns and cities in the Commonwealth back in 2014.

Mary Jo Sullivan

Mary Jo has an extensive 20 year business career in financial services & non-profits. She supports the Vice President and CTO at the Mitre Corporation. Ms. Sullivan is very active with her family and volunteering with schools and church.

Lauren Hinkle

Lauren has been working with children for 11 years. She has two Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Geography from Salem State University in Salem, MA. Ms. Hinkle is finishing up her M.B.A. in Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University.

Rachel Swain

Rachel works at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Ms. Swain is a sculpture/installation artist and has a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Art Education. She is interested in the relationship between art and science and bringing it into the educational setting to create a rich learning experience. Ms. Swain is interested in opening her own artist studio as a space to exhibit work and teach classes.