Synopsys Outreach Foundation

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Announcements & Presentations

sciencepalooza! 2014 Event Poster PDF File (672 KB)

sciencepalooza! 2013 PSA Video, NBC Bay Area - January 2013

sciencepalooza! 2013 Event Poster PDF File (519 KB)

Science Fair 101 "Hard Water" Presentation Video - December 2012

Synopsys Outreach Foundation Student Science Fair
Project Evaluation Report / WestEd / Spring 2012

sciberpalooza 2012 Press Advisory PDF File (593KB)

Synopsys Outreach Foundation Annual Report 2010-'11 PDF File (5.5 MB)

Board of Directors Meeting Presentation - September 28, 2010 PDF File (14.1 MB)

News Articles and Ads

Gary Robinson and Heidi Black: Science projects prep students for real-world careers
San Jose Mercury News op-ed, February 2014

California Classroom Science
A publication of the California Science Teachers Association, October 2013 edition: "Just what are the benefits of science projects?" by Gary Robinson & Heidi Black

The Extreme Marshmallow Cannon ad PDF File (2.1 MB)
San Jose Mercury News, January 2013

Science Fair Winners 2012 ad PDF File (940 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, April 2012

One in a Million ad PDF File (1.4 MB)
San Jose Mercury News, September 2011

Science Fair Winners 2011 ad PDF File (852 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, April 2011

Innovation ad PDF File (704 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, February 2011

Prepare ad PDF File (508 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, September 2010

Stars ad PDF File (251 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, May 2010

Hadron ad PDF File (731 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, January 2010

Science Fair Winners 2009 ad PDF File (1.4 MB)
San Jose Mercury News, June 2009

Science is Cool ad PDF File (337 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, February 2009

So Smart it's Not F-A-I-R ad PDF File (2.2 MB)
San Jose Mercury News, August 2008

Potato Ad PDF File (128 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, February 18, 2008

Who has the Best Idea? PDF File (164 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, June 21, 2007

How Far They'll Go ad PDF File (207 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, June 21, 2006

The Winter's Toughest Competition ad PDF File (112 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, February 7, 2006

Rocket Scientist ad PDF File (1.1 MB)
San Jose Mercury News, December 5, 2005

Clearly the Future is in Good Hands Ad PDF File (545 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, May 28, 2005

A Different Kind of March Madness ad PDF File (303 KB)
San Jose Mercury News, March 2005

Falls Hippest Fashion Statement ad PDF File (1.3 MB)
San Jose Mercury News, December 2, 2004

Students show valley savvy in annual science competition
San Jose Mercury News, March 18, 2004

Small Experiments, Big Spotlights
San Jose Mercury News, February 27, 2001
Thousands of students, backed by millions of dollars are preparing for the hottest ticket in Silicon Valley this spring: Science Fairs

Wanted: 1,000 people with doctorates or medical degrees. Extensive experience in science, engineering or technology may be substituted.

Looks like a recruiting ad for a high-tech job fair - until you get to the bit about the pay, which is zilch.

Those who answer this call will scrutinize lab experiments, not negotiate salary packages. Selected applicants will help judge 1,200 science projects by some of the world's brightest high school students competing for more than $3 million in scholarships and awards, when the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair comes to San Jose.

Grant aims to boost youths' interest in math, sciences PDF File (565 KB)
Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal October 20, 2000
The 40-year-old Santa Clara Science Fair got a big boost last year from the newly created Synopsys Outreach Foundation, which is trying to get more local students interested in math or science.The result was a 400 percent jump in particpation.

Students and teachers are now gearing up for next year's fair to be held March 17 in San Jose. It will be followed by the Intel Corporation-sponsored International Science and Engineering Fair.

Press Releases

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., November 8, 2004 - The Synopsys Outreach Foundation is very pleased to announce a significant donation of scientific equipment from Agilent Technologies.

The Agilent 6850 Series II Network GC turns samples into gasses and allows students to identify their chemical compositions. The equipment is valued at $15,000 and will be installed at the Foundation's Advanced Science Research Facility located at Oak Grove High School in East San Jose.

Headquartered in Palo Alto, Agilent delivers innovative technologies, solutions and services to a wide range of customers in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis.

Founded in 1999, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation annually supports over 75,000 Bay Area students and teachers engaged in project-based learning. The Foundation receives funding from Synopsys, Inc. of Mountain View, the world leader in electronic design automation software.

The Advanced Science Research Facility was opened in 2002 to assist students in the East Side Union High School District engaged in scientific research of greater depth and sophistication by providing equipment not available in the classroom.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 28, 2000 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), today announced that the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Outreach Foundation plans to expand its Fall 2000 grant program, supporting project-based learning, to include Santa Clara County middle-school teachers and students. Last year, the Foundation focused exclusively on high schools, and contributed to a 400 percent increase in participation in major science fairs.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 10, 2000 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), today announced that the Grand Prize winners of the regional science fair, known as the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship, will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Detroit, May 7-13, 2000. The two winners will compete with students from across the U.S. and 40 other countries for scholarships, tuition grants and a trip to the Nobel ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden, December 2000.

Awards and Recognition

Synopsys Outreach Foundation Receives Outstanding Education Initiative Award (12 KB)
The Synopsys Outreach Foundation has been selected by the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce to receive a Leadership Excellence Award in the category of Outstanding Education Initiative. We are delighted to share this significant community recognition with our friends at Intel.

The award will be presented at the Legends and Leaders Event at the San Jose Arena on Thursday, September 21. The featured speaker is John Glenn, former U.S. Senator and Astronaut. Over 1000 community and business leaders will attend "Legends & Leaders." In addition, over 1500 high school and college students will be invited to hear John Glenn's presentation.

Synopsys Outreach Foundation SEMI Award Recipient
Leigh Weimers Column, San Jose Mercury, June 5, 2000
ANNIVERSARY WALTZ: Next up on the big party circuit: Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the semiconductor industry trade association, which plans to celebrate its 30th anniversary July 12 with a fundraising celebration in Moffett Field's main hangar. Gen. Colin Powell is slated to be the featured speaker, with entertainment by Dana Carvey and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. "If all goes well", says SEMI President Stan Myers, "the gala will raise $1 million for five charities: Workforce Silicon Valley, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation, the Jose Valdes Summer Math Institute, Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education and the CHARITech Civic Venture Fund."

That contribution would put SEMI's gala right up there with the Silicon Valley Charity Ball, the Cattle Baron's Ball and the Exploratorium's annual awards dinner as events bringing in $1 mil in one night.