Summary: Nearly 2,000 elementary and junior high students will benefit from 15+ science camps.
Synopsys Taiwan recently collaborated with the Yuan T. Lee Foundation of Science Education for All to kick off the new year with a new program to provide science education to students in Taiwan’s remote villages.
The Synopsys Taiwan office and Corporate Affairs initiated the sponsorship, which will be funded by the Synopsys Foundation. Nearly 2,000 underprivileged elementary and junior high school students in remote villages in New Taipei City, Taoyuan County, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County and Taichung City are expected to benefit from 15 or more science camps throughout 2014.
A donation ceremony held at National Taiwan Normal University on December 29, 2013, initiated the year-long program.
Synopsys Taiwan Chairman Robbins Yeh (left in above photo) received a certificate of appreciation from Yuan T. Lee, former president of Academia Sinica and the first Taiwan Nobel Prize laureate for which the partner foundation is named. Other special guests who attended the donation ceremony included former Minister of Education Huang Jong-tsun, Chairman of the Foundation H.C. Tseng, as well as other academia and industry representatives.
Nurturing a Passion for Science
“Synopsys volunteers will work together with teachers from the foundation to teach students in an easily understandable way and help stimulate students’ interest in science,” Robbins said. “Our participation in the foundation’s science education is another milestone of helping improve local science education following our merger of SpringSoft to increase our investment in Taiwan.”
Before the start of the donation ceremony, students from remote villages competed in a “Fun in Science” competition. Winners of the competition were recognized during the ceremony.
More About Yuan T. Lee
Yuan T. Lee is a well-known scientist. He was the first Taiwan Nobel Prize laureate, winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986. From January 1994 to October 2006, he served as the President of the Academia Sinica, a highly regarded academic research institution in Taiwan. In 2011, Yuan was elected head of the International Council for Science.
During the donation ceremony, Yuan shared his perspectives and appreciation. “Our foundation focuses on the prevalence of science education, especially in remote villages where the education resources tend to be scarce,” Yuan said. “It is very important to make science education readily available to remote villages, and we are grateful to Synopsys’ sponsorship of our program.”