Miami Gardens hosts science and engineering fair

Councilman David Williams supports innovative and educational project

Ashley Montgomery | 12/5/2013, 9 a.m.

Councilman, David Williams

Councilman, David Williams

Several years ago, the City of Miami Gardens hosted its first Science and Engineering Fair — this year tradition stands true. The third annual fair is set for December 9-10 and the City of Miami Gardens is urging students with an interest in science to come out.

Councilman David Williams, Jr., Seat 5, is the brain trust behind the project and is “taking leaps and bounds with measurable progress and exceptional success” to make this possible.  

“My goal is to have every school in Miami-Dade County involved in some science,” Williams said. “This also creates economic development — now kids can be inspired to be things they never could have imagined.”

Williams says that he is concerned with the widening gap between the U.S. and other countries in the area of science and engineering for students in grades K-12.

The fair was developed to help expose students to technology components that will inspire them to seek future ventures in science and engineering fields.

“My driving force is the outcry from the parents who have been very supportive and want to see more things like this in our community,” he said.

Williams received his Master of Science degree in Human Resources Development and Administration from Barry University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Health from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He says that he has a passion for community activism with an emphasis on children, families and education.

“I am a scientist and I thought that this was something positive for the community; I have worked with kids for the last 30 years, I felt this was my way of giving minorities an opportunity,” Williams said.

Throughout his career, Williams has been a recipient of numerous honors, like the David Williams, Jr. Science Lab at Parkway Elementary School being dedicated in his honor.

Students from various schools throughout Miami Gardens are expected to attend the event. On the first day, Monday, there will be a competition held from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. at St. Thomas University. Participants from the Innovative Beginnings in Science [IBIS] Programs include: Golden Glades Elementary, Crestview Elementary School, Scott Lake Elementary School, Rainbow Park Elementary, Parkview Elementary School, Carol City, Hibiscus Elementary School, Barbara Hawkins and Carol City High School.

Students will display their creative projects and will also receive a tour of the University.

The fair will conclude on Tuesday, December 10, with the Science Fair Awards Presentation, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex.

In the past, cash prizes have ranged from $25 - $500; the winning potential garnering students a $1,000 prize and $350 for the school with the most unique project.

“I wanted to give cash prizes because around this time, after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, money is needed the most,” Williams said.

Williams said that he wants all students that attend the fair to understand that there are other opportunities out there, that the sky is the limit and that are many things one can do with a background in science.