About Us


  1. To foster and support science, technology, engineering, arts and math education (STEAM) in public and private schools.
  2. To provide STEAM related equipment and materials to informal educational groups, K-12 schools, colleges and universities for instructional use.
  3. To provide services to enhance and support STEAM education.
  4. To sponsor events to raise awareness of the importance of STEAM education.

Our Organization

Science Heads Inc. was founded by people who love science and allied educational subjects, and who want to share their knowledge with the entire community.

To do this our volunteers visit schools in the Orange County, CA area and attend community events, demonstrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) concepts and handing out related information.

We also work to gather and create materials for education in STEAM topics and share them with educators, parents, and students. Many of these resources will be documents freely available through this web site. Others include prepared educational kits which will be checked out from our future lending warehouse.

Our Programs

  • Scopes-4-Schools continues to supply schools with donated telescopes.
  • Community Outreach events include science nights at local schools, and science demonstrations at local farmers markets and other venues.
  • Educational Resources is adding to our ever-growing database of on-line materials for science instruction.

Our Team

Richard Stember – Executive Director

A leader in the fields of child development and informal science education for over 20 years, Richard holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. He currently volunteers with several organizations organizing and supporting their informal educational programs including the California Science Center and NASA/JPL.

Rebecca Hammond – Community Outreach

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and is a licensed CPA. She is enthusiastic about bringing this knowledge to students, parents, and the general public. She has organized and run events at local public schools in Orange County, and will be designing and staffing presentation booths at local community events.

James Hammond – Educational Resources

James holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and has been a professional software developer for over 25 years. He is passionate about science, technology, engineering, and math, and very keen to learn more about the arts.

Michal Peri – Board Member

Michal’s career in optics, image processing, and technology business development spanned the spectrum of scientific applications. She has designed instrumentation for the Big Eye at Palomar Observatory and patented methods for automated microscopic analysis of cancer biopsies. She retired in order to indulge her penchant for educational outreach. She enjoys demystifying math and science, and showing children and adults how much fun they can have making STEAM. Michal holds a BA in Mathematics from UC San Diego, and MS in Physics and PhD in Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.

Brad Friesen – Board Member

Brad graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a degree in civil engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the State of California. He recently retired after a 36 year career with a major international engineering and construction company where he served in many capacities including leading the firm’s renewable energy business line. He hopes to utilize his engineering and renewable energy expertise to help promote STEAM education in our school system.

Barton Hickson – Educator

Barton has been an educator for over 18 years. He worked at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor for 3 years teaching living history aboard the tall ship, The Brig Pilgrim, and science aboard the research vessel, R/V Sea Explorer. For 16 years Barton taught grades 5 and 6 at Ralph A. Gates Elementary School in Lake Forest. He currently is a teacher at Olivewood Elementary.  Barton holds a B.A. in Geography from UCSB culminating with oceanographic fieldwork in the Antarctic. He also holds a M.S. in Education from Pepperdine, and a Teaching Credential from UCI.

Our History

Richard Stember began the Scopes-4-Schools organization in 2008 to solicit donations of telescopes, which would then be donated to public schools. Scopes-4-Schools also conducted astronomy educational events at local schools, bringing views of the sun, planets, and other astronomical objects to thousands of kids (and their adults!)

In 2014, Scopes-4-Schools decided to expand its mission to include all fields of science, engineering, arts, and math education, re-incorporating as Science Heads, Inc.