The Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Outreach Foundation enables and celebrates students and teachers engaged in project-based learning at schools across California, and parts of Oregon and encourages participation in science fairs.

Founded in July 1999, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation offers materials and equipment to schools, and offers incentives for teachers and students developing science projects.

The Foundation annually enables an estimated 150,000 students and teachers engaged in project-based learning at public schools and private non-profit schools with 501(c)(3) status in California, and select schools affiliated with regional offices of Synopsys, Inc. in Hillsboro, Oregon.

The Synopsys Outreach Foundation serves as the major sponsor of the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship (the regional fair for students in Santa Clara County (CA)), the Synopsys Sonoma County (CA) STEAM Showcase, The Synopsys Alameda County (CA) Science & Engineering Fair, sciencepalooza! (a science fair for students in the East Side Union High School District of San Jose), and enables numerous science fairs at the district, middle and elementary school levels.

Additional Foundation programs and competitions include The Advanced Science Research Facility, The Advanced Science Research Class, SuperSchool teacher training seminars, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation n +1 Prize and Science Fair 101 for Parents.

Please check our Calendar of Activities and this web site periodically for the latest information.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Synopsys Outreach Foundation is committed to inclusiveness and diversity in its staff board of directors and volunteers. The Synopsys Outreach Foundation takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in its hiring retention promotion board recruitment and constituencies served.

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Founded in July 1999, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation offers materials and equipment to schools, and offers incentives for teachers and students developing science projects. The Foundation annually enables an estimated 150,000 students and teachers engaged in project-based learning at public schools and private non-profit schools in California and Hillsboro, Oregon.

The Synopsys Outreach Foundation serves as the major sponsor of the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship (the regional fair for students in Santa Clara County (CA)), the Synopsys Sonoma County (CA) STEAM Showcase, The Synopsys Alameda County (CA) Science & Engineering Fair, sciencepalooza! (a science fair for students in the East Side Union High School District of San Jose), and enables numerous science fairs at the district, middle and elementary school levels.

  • Science Project Package Program
  • Sciencepalooza
  • East Side Union High School District Advanced Research Class
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Science Fair 101

    Tax Exempt Status

    In a letter dated January 5, 2001, The Internal Revenue Service determined that the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science & Technology Outreach Foundation is “exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c)(3).” The IRS further determined that the Foundation is “a private operating Foundation within the meaning of section 509 (a) of the Code.” Our tax EIN (employer identification number) number is 77-0520414.

    Kate Houston

    Kate Houston

    President, Synopsys Outreach Foundation

    Katherine Houston is a Bay Area leader in Corporate Social Responsibility. Over the past decade, she has held a variety of community-focused positions in government, universities, corporations, and nonprofits. Katherine is enthusiastic about creating more opportunities for inclusion in STEM – especially for the underserved communities in the Bay Area. To contact Katherine, please email her at Kate Houston at katherine.naszradi@synopsys.com.

    For more information about the Synopsys Outreach Foundation please email Katherine Houston at Kate Houston at katherine.naszradi@synopsys.com

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