Increase students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related careers.

Our mission is to provide students with hands-on science experiments that are fun and that explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We also provide continuing educational training to teachers to help increase their understanding of scientific concepts while building their level of comfort in performing classroom science demonstrations. We provide hands on, content-driven science programs with the hope of increasing interest in STEM-related careers.

Let Us “Edu-tain” You
Interactive Science Programs is a national not-for-profit science and math education company that specializes in providing dynamic hands-on assembly and classroom demonstrations to improve test scores in science and math. Students who participate in our programs perform better on tests and demonstrate greater cognition of scientific concepts due to our highly memorable, inquiry-based programming. Interactive Science Programs also provides outstanding professional development sessions for teachers interested in enhancing their ability to conduct meaningful, hands-on science demonstrations in the classroom. All programming is designed to meet 2061 Benchmarks and National Science Standards for science education.

Our History
In November 1992, Darryl and Linda Baynes co-founded Minority Aviation Education Association (MAEA) as a vehicle to encourage minority youth to pursue careers in the field of aviation. The organization was incorporated in Pennsylvania as a not-for-profit in April 1993. As the sole Program Presenter, President and CEO, Darryl Lee Baynes, entered local schools to spread the message that all students should consider pursuing science, math and technology-related careers in aviation. Within a year, Minority Aviation Education Association adopted the name MAEA Interactive Science Programs as a reflection of its expanded focus to encourage students to pursue careers in science, math, and technology.

Since 1994, Interactive Science Programs has traveled throughout the United States sharing its excitement and knowledge about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Based out of Wheeling, West Virginia, Interactive Science Programs has shared its programs with hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and parents. Our mission has taken us to over twenty-five states including New York, Michigan, Colorado, California, Texas, and Georgia. Over the years we have created a formula for successfully communicating to students their potential for entering STEM-related careers.

Our formula is based on educating students through entertainment, which we call “edu-tainment.” We utilize exciting, dynamic, educational, hands-on science demonstrations and experiments to capture the attention of students. We provide a variety of student programming formats, from assembly-styled and classroom-enrichment programs to summer science camps. Our programs examine how science is a part of our daily lives and how students are living witnesses and participants of science. As such, their current, but often unconscious, interest in science, technology, engineering, and math may act as a springboard to STEM-related career paths.

Interactive Science Programs also uses role-modeling to communicate that a diverse group of people are responsible for modern-day scientific and technological advances. We share information about historic and lesser-know scientific contributions including those from minorities and women, with the hope that students will be inspired to offer their contribution to the world of science.

In 1996, Interactive Science Programs began offering professional development to teachers with the goal of improving the impact of science education on our youth. Our professional development sessions are designed to increase teachers’ working knowledge of STEM concepts and to build their comfort level with performing classroom science demonstrations. Since teachers are on the frontline of science education, we focus on providing them with techniques that they can utilize to increase inquiry-based scientific exploration among their students.

In 1997, Interactive Science Programs offered its first summer science camp at YMCA Camp Tippecanoe in Ohio. Since that time, our summer science camps have expanded to include multiple summer science camps in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia.

In 2003, the West Virginia Minority Business Development Center presented Interactive Science Programs with an award in recognition of outstanding educational outreach.

Our People
Board of Directors
Board Chairperson, Darryl Lee Baynes
Secretary, Jacqueline S. Baynes
Treasurer, Linda Lee Baynes

Board Members
Denise Turner
Juanita Duckett
Reverend George F. Lundy

Advisory Board
Brad Blair
Tammy Rapp
Deloris King

Contact Information
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6870, Wheeling, WV 26003
Telephone Number: 304-233-1536
Toll Free: 800-701-MAEA (6232)
Email: dbaynes@interactivescienceprograms.org

Office located in:
Wheeling, West Virginia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Detroit, Michigan
Columbus, Ohio

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