10th Annual Greene Scholars Science Fair to display STEM projects of Bay Area African American Youth

California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE) hosts its 10th Annual Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars Program Science Fair and Gala on January 28 and 29 to showcase the STEM research projects of African American Silicon Valley Youth
By: California Alliance of African American Educators
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Jan. 27, 2012 - PRLog -- NORTHERN CALIFORNIA—On January 28, 2012, from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Cypress Semiconductor headquarters located at 198 Champion Court in San Jose, California, the California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE) will be hosting its 10th annual Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars Program (GSP) Science Fair. The GSP Science Fair will showcase projects covering a range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines by 80 students in grades 3-12. San Francisco Bay Area professionals, including educators, scientists, engineers and administrators from Stanford University, NASA-Ames Research Center, Intel Corporation, Oracle, IBM Research, Northrop Grumman, Medtronic, Xilinx Corporation and Santa Clara county school districts will judge the science fair. The GSP Science Fair is open for public viewing during the hours of 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, January 29, the Scholars will be honored and the winners announced at the Science Fair Awards Banquet to be held at the IBEW Hall located at 2125 Canoas Garden Avenue in San Jose, California.

The students who will be presenting their research projects are a part of the GSP, a long-term STEM initiative for Bay Area students of African ancestry representing schools from throughout Santa Clara, San Mateo and Alameda counties. Named after Dr. Frank S. Greene, an African American scientist who helped pave the way for today’s computers, the GSP meets at the San Jose headquarters of Cypress Semiconductor. “Our company has been proud to support the GSP since the program’s inception ten years ago. Our contributions have helped provide educational opportunities for many students who have graduated from college and received BS or BA degrees,” stated Vickie Turner, Senior Director of Human Resources at Cypress.

All of the science fair projects are either experiments that the students performed or product testing; no demonstration or pure research projects were accepted. Each student was required to adhere to scientific methodology, show use of experimental design and provide bibliographical references. Middle school and high school students are asked to establish controls and identify independent and dependent variables within their projects while graduating seniors must prepare a technical paper and PowerPoint presentation which is presented to a panel of scientists, engineers and educators.
“As our signature annual event, the GSP’s Science Fair is a collaborative inspiration and showcase of community, technology and ingenuity. Students within the GSP are exposed to the creativity and wonders of science and trained in the discipline of scientific experimentation by following a detailed handbook on fair rules and expectations,” said Gloria Whitaker-Daniels, GSP Director.

The Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars Program is sponsored by the California Alliance of African-American Educators and is a long-term initiative that promotes the development of a community of college-bound Scholars focused on extending their academic gifts in science and math. The program’s purpose is to increase the number of African American youth choosing STEM career paths through high school, college and into their professional lives. The Greene Scholars Program nurtures its Scholars from entrance into the program through high school graduation by providing culturally responsive programming for them and their parents; delivering hands-on math, science and technology experiences and workshops; conducting annual science fairs and engineering competitions; participating in entrepreneurial/leadership programs; and offering college and standardized tests preparation, core subject tutoring, field trips and computer literacy workshops. Scholars have advanced from the Greene Scholars Program Science Fair to the regional Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championships at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center and then onto the California State Science Fair in Los Angeles and even the International Science Engineering Fair. Additional information is available at www.greenescholars.org.

The California Alliance of African American Educators was founded in 2001 to provide programs and services for students, families and teachers in order to create culturally-conscious African American students who are life-long learners and critical thinkers. The CAAAE is comprised of six regions: San Diego, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Fresno/Valley, Sacramento/Stockton and the Bay Area. Co-coordinators in each region help fulfill the organization’s mission in that area.
Additional information is available at www.caaae.org.

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The Greene Scholars Program (GSP) is a long-term K-12 initative founded in 2001 by Debra Watkins to help youth of African ancestry successfully complete higher STEM education and serve as positive role models and contributors to their communities.
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