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Students Go Beyond the Classroom at Synopsys-Sponsored Science Fairs   

April 30, 2012 – It’s science fair season, and children from elementary to high school are participating in local science fairs. Synopsys employees from around the world have been volunteering generously to mentor students and judge projects for science fairs, including the Synopsys Championship (California), Worcester Regional Science Fair (Massachusetts), Austin Energy Science Fair (Texas) and Anveshana 2012 (India).

"We need to teach our kids that it's not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair. We need to teach them that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline." – United States President Barack Obama (in a State of the Union address)

Synopsys Championship
The annual Synopsys Championship showcases middle and high school students in the Santa Clara county of California who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers and mathematicians. Students work independently or in teams to address questions in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and a half dozen other categories.

The 2012 Synopsys Championship was held from March 6-7, 2012, and winners were announced on April 1, 2012. Top students in the Junior and Senior Divisions go on to compete in the California State Science Fair in Los Angeles, April 30-May 1, 2012. Grand prize winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania, from May 13-18, 2012.

Check out the complete list of Synopsys Championship winners (scroll to middle of page).

If you’re interested in participating as a volunteer or judge for the Synopsys Championship 2013, please contact Gary Robinson.

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The 10 Grand Prize winners of the 2012 Synopsys Championship. Next stop, Intel ISEF!

Worcester Regional Science Fair
The 57th annual high school Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held on March 9, 2012. Nearly 160 students from 18 local high schools submitted 118 projects trying to answer a variety of questions, from, “When should I throw out my toothbrush?” to “Why does ice cream melt faster at the ice cream stand than at home?”

Approximately 40 projects from each division qualified to enter the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair at MIT, May 3-5, 2012. The five highest scoring projects will participate in Intel ISEF.

Check out the complete list of Worcester Regional Science Fair winners.

If you’re interested in participating as a volunteer or judge for the Worcester Regional Science Fair 2013, please contact Kathy Brown.

Austin Energy Science Fair
The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is one of Texas’ largest regional science fairs with more than 2,000 students from third through 12th grade participating. It encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to volunteer in the community.

The 2012 Austin Energy Science Fair was held on February 23, 2012. Winning Junior/Senior Division projects advanced to the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio, Texas, March 30-April 1, 2012. Best of Fair Senior Division project winners will advance directly to Intel ISEF. Two high school and two middle school projects focusing on applied engineering, sustainable energy, or environmental engineering advanced to the I-SWEEEP International Olympiad in Houston, Texas, May 4-6, 2012.

Check out the complete list of Austin Energy Science Fair winners.

Thank you to Synopsoids Thomas Felske, Peter Brooker, Imad Zaccak and Mary Gilchrist for volunteering to be judges at this year’s fair!

If you’re interested in participating as a volunteer or judge for the Austin Energy Science Fair 2013, please contact Liz Rush.

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Synopsoid Peter Brooker judged the Senior Division Physics projects and helped select the Best of Fair winners, pictured here.

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