4974 Old Versailles Road
Lexington KY 40510
Contact Information
Address 4974 Old Versailles Road
Lexington, KY 40510
Phone (859) 368-7334
Contact Name Dawn Cloyd
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2011
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are several alternative ways to donate to Newton's Attic. First, we need a variety of raw materials for infrastructure creation, materials handling equipment, wood shop and machine shop tools, consumables and accessories, office equipment, video production equipment and computers. These items could be donated new or used from companies that produce or use these resources. Additional in kind donations such as concessions and promotional materials are also needed. 
 A very effective way to impact youth in Lexington is to sponsor financially challenged students who want to attend our programs. This gives young people who are eager to learn but unable to afford tuition an opportunity to benefit from our program.
Newton's Attic also loves volunteers! During the school year and summer, Newton's Attic offers programs in which students work on hands-on projects using hand and power tools. Many students need close supervision using tools and designing the devices they are constructing. Volunteers with tool and building experience are particularly valuable, but we are happy to train volunteers as well.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

 Newton's Attic will work to:

1.    Inspire young people to learn about and embrace science, engineering and mathematics
2.    Drive imagination and foster creativity in young people engaging in engineering related activities
3. Empower teachers with the tools and resources to produce excellent STEM education 
The overarching purpose of Newton's Attic is to make learning about and teaching of math, science, and engineering enjoyable and exciting. We work to fulfill this purpose by creating very unusual educational resources and experiences that stimulate imagination and creativity. These resources are also offbeat and entertaining so as to appeal to a wide range of individuals and illustrate that technical knowledge can be used to provide pleasure as well as empower individuals to pursue their goals and dreams.
Background Statement

In 1998, Bill Cloyd founded Newton’s Attic, Incorporated. Prior to becoming a self-employed mechanical engineer, Mr. Cloyd taught high school math and physics, an experience that exposed him to the glaring need science and math teachers have for resources to make their classes more appealing. This teaching experience inspired him to create Newton's Attic. For the last 14 years, we have provided educational resources and services to schools, teachers, parents and children. These services consist of teacher training, classroom resources, summer camps and after school programs.           

Throughout its existence, Newton’s Attic has participated in educationally themed events with organizations in Lexington. These events include U.K. College of Engineering Open House, The Explorium’s ‘Museum Go Round,’ the Kentucky American Water Annual Science Fair, fundraisers for other organizations, and numerous school events. At all of these events, Newton's Attic has been met with enthusiastic crowds waiting in long lines to participate in the exhibits.

For the past decade, Newton's Attic has hosted many student interns though a program conducted by Fayette County Public Schools. This program, known as Experienced Based Career Education, allows students to job shadow companies of their choice for a period of six weeks. Many students interested in careers in science and engineering have chosen internships at Newton's Attic where they get extensive hands-on experience. Upon leaving, many interns have commented that their time at Newton's Attic was the best experience of all the companies they visited. 

Since the summer of 2009, Newton's Attic has conducted a series of summer day camps in which students learn to design and fabricate mechanical devices. Students spend about 7 to 8 hours each day learning to use tools and working with raw materials such as metal and wood.  The camps have tripled in attendance from 2010 to 2011.  

 Most recently, Newton’s Attic moved to a 13,000 square foot facility located on 5 acres. Here, the organization can serve thousands of students through its summer camps, school field trips and after school programs, as well a conduct intensive professional development for dozens of teachers.

Impact Statement

After five years in our new facility, we continue to set records each season. In 2016, we had 1,228 summer camp registrations, 94 more than in 2015. Field trips hosted at Newton’s Attic during the school year and demand for our outreach activities increased significantly and expanded to areas beyond Central Kentucky.

We are again offering a record number of courses with 50 unique classes for ages 5 to 18. This growth reflects an increase in our instructor base, an expansion of physical capacity from a $25,000 grant from Messer Construction to create the “Messer Multipurpose Room” and the development of additional technical expertise.

We also received two foundation grants from LG&E/ KU and the Raymond Foundation, allowing us to execute a pilot program with 20 boys from the Carter G. Woodson Academy in early 2016. This program was expanded to include 50 boys from the Academy in 2017. According to all involved, the program has been a huge success.

Finally, in 2015, we successfully founded our endowment fund, held at the Bluegrass Community Foundation. In addition to the $15,000 of endowment prize money through the 2015 GoodGiving Guide Challenge, we successfully raised an additional $12,000 for our endowment for a total of $27,000 for our new fund.


  • Growing our endowment for the long term health of organization

  • Developing subscription based video instruction for science/math teachers in the and a subscription based science learning/ play kit for children and families

  • Expanding into the Louisville market through our partnership with the University of Louisville for their 2016 summer camp season during which Newton’s Attic will provide eight unique classes over a five week period.

  • Expanding the Robo-Challenge program to serve more students at the Carter G. Woodson Academy and additional Fayette County schools
Needs Statement

Our top needs are as follows:

1. Financial resources to expand our facility and support infrastructure. This includes improvement to and expansion of our existing building, materials to create additional educational resources, material handling equipment and tools. Cost: $500,000.

2. Tools and accessories for the wood and machine shop. This includes items such as a band saw($1200), sheet metal working equipment ($4000), work surfaces ($1500) and cabinetry ($2500).

3. A fleet of laptop computers for use in programming, video and digital arts classes.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

I founded Newton's Attic 19 years ago because of a passionate love of science and engineering. Having grown up in a supportive environment that nurtured my imagination and creativity, I came to understand and deeply value the importance of this environment to my education, understanding of the physical world and the development of essential life skills. This environment consisted of three key components. The first component was a combination of an access to tools, the knowledge to use them effectively, and the space to engage in hands on activities. I spent countless hours designing and building all sorts of contraptions, devices and constructs that were used for entertainment and utility. Not everything I built worked, but in both success and failure there is valuable learning. The second component was guidance from knowledgeable individuals who taught me how to use the tools, how to create simple mechanical devices and how to apply basic physical laws to the functioning of these mechanical systems. I grew up around engineers, teachers and artists, all of whom contributed to my development. The third component was the freedom to create that which I desired. No one tried to stop me from exploring my imagination by preventing me from building the things that interested me. 


The basic goal of Newton's Attic is to recreate this environment for students in Lexington and throughout Kentucky. Having worked with thousands of students since 1998, I have seen first hand the desire in young people to create and build, to use tools and produce usable goods. This desire is found in students of all ages and abilities, and yet very few children have access to hands-on activities that involve tool use, basic design, and the application of technical knowledge to create a unique construct. So many of the commercial 'hands-on' activities found in schools and elsewhere are so highly pre-engineered and structured that very little real thinking and creativity are developed with them. Newton’s Attic strives to be different. The organization works to release young minds from the constraints of traditional or group thinking, to provide them with a blank sheet of paper and pencil as well as tools, resources and the guidance that will allow them to create with very few restraints.  
Board Chair Statement I have been the Chairman of Newton's Attic Board for four years. Just as the rest of the Board is, I am drawn to the organization because of the commitment and passion for STEM education by the founder, Bill Cloyd. Bill has tremendous talent and energy for explaining engineering concepts to kids of all ages, and for engaging them in thrilling projects that make them forget they are learning the "hard" subjects of math and physics. 

Board members fully understand and appreciates the crisis facing our students today, especially in the area of the sciences. We are falling behind the rest of the world, and at best are in 10th place globally in science and math ability. Each of us has a very strong desire to remedy the situation, and we see Newton's Attic as an example of a fantastic solution, especially for those kids who are not as suited to a normal school environment. I am impressed by and appreciative of the passionate engagement of our Board members who never fail to stay abreast of events and who come with relevant ideas and suggestions. Indeed, some of them even volunteer during special events for Newton's Attic.

The primary challenge facing Newton's Attic is underfunding for programs and under capitalization to further develop the infrastructure to better serve more students. The acquisition of a new facility in early 2012 has allowed us to expand our programs and serve more students but has also increased our overhead. In order to reach its full potential, the facility needs a great deal of capital improvement for which we need to seek funding. To address this concern, the Board has facilitated on-going brainstorming sessions that have identified several good initiatives. For example, the board has suggested initiating Kick-Starter type programs and continue to bring appropriate funding organizations and grants to the management's attention. Another idea is to create science and engineering related kits that are sold on the internet. A third idea involves hosting unusual educational events that make use of the unique resources found at Newton's Attic. However, the challenge here lies in the execution. The Board, while very engaged, is comprised of business people who are very busy without a great deal of volunteer time to execute their excellent suggestions, and Newton's Attic is under-staffed, not allowing for sufficient time for the research and implementation of the kick-starter ideas and the writing of grant applications. 

Additionally, the Board has served as part of an important networking effort to make key players in the Bluegrass Region aware of the work of Newton's Attic. This includes the initiation of relationships with the Kentucky Science Center and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers among others.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Leadership Development
Geographic Areas Served
Newton's Attic primarily serves Lexington and surrounding counties. Since first-phase of classroom renovation of our new facility, we are now serving students from counties within a two hour radius which includes both Louisville and Cincinnati and reaches approximately 400,000 students. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Our mission is to stimulate interest in science and engineering through exciting hands-­on projects, classes and summer camps with the idea that students who have access to enjoyable and exciting educational experiences with math, science, and engineering will go on to study these subjects in higher education and be better equipped to succeed in their future careers.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Newton’s Attic is currently in talks with local companies and universities to see how we might partner with them to create programs that will give students the needed skills to be successful in their respective environments.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Newton’s Attic serves hundreds of families and dozens of schools annually. Our impact on young people and our reach into the community give us the ability to access the personal and professional connections of those we touch. Parents and educators are passionate about their children’s education and are eager to help Newton’s Attic succeed in our mutually beneficial endeavor.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kathy Gornik
Company Affiliation Aperture Consulting, LLC, Thiel Audio, Founder
Board Members
Mr. Craig Dance Retired from Greenbaum, Doll, McDonaldVoting
Ms. Katherine Gornik Aperture ConsultingVoting
Mr. Ronald Halloway Lexmark InternationalVoting
Mr. Scott Heydinger LexmarkVoting
Mr. Donald Skaggs Central Kentucky Inventor's CouncilVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 Female
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Donald Skaggs
Company Affiliation President, Central Kentucky Inventors Council; BlinkScan, Founder and CEO
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. William C. Cloyd iv
Term Start June 1998
Co-CEO Mrs. Dawn C. Cloyd
Term Start Oct 2012
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 12
Contractors 20
Retention Rate 85%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1 Pakistani
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description Engineering summer camps offer a variety of 50 different week-long day camps that run throughout the summer serving students ages 6 to 18.
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Physics
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Description After school programs serve elementary, middle and high school students.
Population Served , ,
Description Field trips bring students from the Central Kentucky region and beyond to the Newton's Attic facility to engage in exciting, hands-on  activities related to physics and engineering.
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Math & Science
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Description We offer Derby Car builds, merit badge fairs, activity events and overnight camp outs.
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2010
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Dunbar MSTC, The Sphinx Academy, Mentors & Meals, Life Adventure Center, Inventor’s Network Kentucky, the Carter G. Woodson Academy, Black Males Working and the University of Louisville.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $350,000.00
Projected Expenses $314,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$75,197$61,606$53,428
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0--
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$23,185$45,500--
Revenue In-Kind$59,047$36,606--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$305,589$137,995$56,995
Administration Expense$71,833$73,451$20,355
Fundraising Expense$0$0$4,071
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.572.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%65%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$371,349$319,670$235,710
Current Assets$75,601$54,073$235,710
Long-Term Liabilities$10,839$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$360,510$319,670$235,710
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Dates 2014 to 2014
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments While Newton's Attic has been in existence serving schools and students in the Central Kentucky region since 1998, in March of 2012, we finally located and moved into a facility which will allow us to expand our programs and serve many more students. The opportunities presented by having a facility also bring financial obligations and staffing needs in order to expand the programs.
Foundation Staff Comments This organization filed for an extension for its 2014 990.
Address 4974 Old Versailles Road
Lexington, KY 40510
Primary Phone 859 368-7334
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William C. Cloyd iv
Board Chair Ms. Kathy Gornik
Board Chair Company Affiliation Aperture Consulting, LLC, Thiel Audio, Founder