Saturday Academy 1996


The official biography below was current at the time of the award. See the organization's website for its latest information.

Established in 1983, Saturday Academy offers seven pre-college, community-based education programs focusing on the sciences, mathematics, and engineering for 6th-12th-grade students. The Academy: I. Has served an extremely large and diverse population of students -- approximately 38,000 students and teachers, over 50 percent of the students being women, with representation of ethnic minority students being above their representation in that general population (e.g., African-American, Hispanic, Native Americans), and including students with disabilities; students are served throughout Oregon and southern Washington through its regional centers; II. Includes teachers as an integral part of the program -- more than 750,000 hours of instruction provided; III. Has enlisted 3,400 community professionals to contribute their facilities, equipment, and expertise in a variety of creative and substantive ways; IV. Is a model of what cooperation and partnerships can achieve and provides a remarkable outreach and range of programs; V. Aligned with the Oregon Education Act for the 21st Century, the Goals 2000, Educate America Act, is a well-structured and managed operation, with distinct and well-categorized sectors for middle-schoolers and high-schoolers -- e.g., --  Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering  (ASE) -- e.g., placed 23 9th-11th grade high school students in research positions in industry, universities, and government agencies in 1994; -- Contemporary Applied Mathematics (CAM) Summer Institute and Saturday morning classes, together serving 650 African-American students since inception (funded by NSF); -- Outreach Initiative --identifies minority and bilingual science and engineering practitioners to serve as mentors and instructors for Saturday Academy programs; -- Futuremakers: Inventor/Mentor Program -- an in-school program for grades six through nine; -- The Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project; -- Saturday Academy Regional Centers; I. Has secured significant external funding (NSF, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project; Oregon Community Foundation, Tektronix Foundation, Intel Foundation, etc.).

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