Synopsys Outreach Foundation

About Us: Updates

Letter from Gary Robinson

Dear Students,

The Synopsys Outreach Foundation is celebrating its 17th year promoting project-based learning and making science exciting.

Our mission: enable and celebrate students and teachers engaged in hands-on learning and provide opportunities to experience the wonders of science through the challenge of developing a science project.

Whether done for competition or not, you're going to learn about science from the bottom up, choosing a topic of interest to you, developing a hypothesis, doing the research and analyzing your findings. It's a rewarding experience that is sure to sharpen your skills and teach you new ones. You'll be a better researcher and organizer. Maybe you'll work on a team. Maybe you'll learn something about yourself.

I hope you take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy science as you never have before.

Gary Robinson
President
P.O. Box 635
Synopsys Outreach Foundation
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921-0635
robinson@synopsys.com


Gary Robinson and Al Gore in San Francisco
Gary Robinson with Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore in San Francisco

Letter from Heidi Strahm Black

Heidi Strahm Black   Dear Teachers,

I have always known in my gut and in my heart that doing hands-on science and science projects was right. I know that there is learning going on that is unscripted and unpredictable, and completely indelible. It is learning so much more real, thorough, and important than memorization – it would make Piaget proud!

Even though you are facing changing science standards and being asked to do more with writing and math you have decided to challenge yourself and your students. There is no easy way to include science fair into the classroom; it is the supreme form of individualized instruction, it is messy, it is time consuming, it takes orchestration, patience, and a sense of humor. I know that in the midst of it all you will question your sanity, but also that at the end of it all you will shine with the reflection of pride in what your students have accomplished.

You are the reason I love my job. Please give me a call or send an email so that, with the help of the Synopsys Outreach Foundation, we can try to help you over the hurdles.

Heidi Strahm Black
Science Fair Outreach
408-347-6563
blackh@esuhsd.org