For Immediate Release
November 24, 2014
Contact Information

Bernadette Morris
Sonshine Communications
T: (305) 948-8063, ext. 201


-- Award-Winning Event Set for December 8-9, 2014 --

(BLACK PRW WIRE) -- The City of Miami Gardens will host their 4th Annual Science and Engineering Fair. The event, committed to increasing our youth’s reliance on science, is the brain trust of Councilman David Williams Jr., and has become one of the beacon projects in the community. This year, the Science and Engineering Fair is presented in part by the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Other noted sponsors include St. Thomas University and Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc

“This event is unlike any other in that it helps to expose students to science, engineering and technology components that will inspire their young minds to seek future endeavors in these fields,” says Councilman David Williams Jr.

Students from various schools throughout Miami Gardens are preparing now for their winning projects. Participants from the Innovative Beginnings in Science (IBIS) Programs include: Golden Glades Elementary School, Crestview Elementary School, Scott Lake Elementary School, Rainbow Park Elementary School, Parkview Elementary School, Carol City Elementary School, Hibiscus Elementary School, Barbara Hawkins Elementary School, and Carol City Senior High School. Students first submit their projects at the school level for judging. There are two requirements for participation: (1) Compete on a school level and be selected as one of the top five participants and (2) Engage male participation (father, brother, uncle, cousin, teacher, or friend) during the development, implementation, and creation of the project. The top five scoring projects at the school level will automatically be entered into the City of Miami Gardens Science and Engineering Fair for judging and ranking at the citywide level.

The event itself is set for Monday, December 8, 2014 with the Science and Engineering Fair Competition, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. Thomas University, 16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL. The Fair concludes on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, with the Science Fair Participant Awards Ceremony to be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens, FL.

Over 100 students from schools in Miami Gardens are expected to participate for cash prizes ranging from $25 – $500 for the most unique project. Judges from various fields will critique student projects and the top five students will be recognized with cash prizes.

Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are available. For details, contact Bernadette Morris at Sonshine Communications at (305) 948-8063.

About Councilman Williams
Councilman David Williams, Jr. 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 A&M University. He also completed two Preceptor ships - one in Obesity and Weight Management at Internal Medicine Endocrinology, Longevity Center of South Florida, and one in Cardiovascular at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Additionally, he received clinical training and certification in Corrective Therapy at the VA Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama. His knowledge and expertise served the pharmaceutical industry for over 33 years. He currently serves as the Florida Director of Community Relations for Informed Families, a non-profit prevention organization focusing on educating families and helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug-free.

Councilman Williams has a passion for community activism with emphasis on children, families and education. He serves on the Miami-Dade County Public School Superintendent Family and Community Involvement Advisory Committee and the Wellness Advisory Committee. He is a board member with The Early Learning Coalition for Dade/Monroe Counties. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the North Dade Community Federal Credit Union, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Jessie Trice Community Health Center. He is the recipient of numerous honors: The Specialty Endowment Award by Knoll Pharm, and the Citizen of the Year Award by Eta Phi Beta Gamma Sorority Chapter, among others. In addition, the David Williams, Jr. Science Lab at Parkway Elementary School was dedicated in his honor.

About the City of Miami Gardens
The City of Miami Gardens is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. Its new city hall is the only Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design public facility in America. The City is home to the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami Football, and two world-class universities – Florida Memorial University and St. Thomas University.

For more information, or to register a child for the 4th Annual 2014 Miami Gardens Science and Engineering Fair, contact the office of Councilman David Williams Jr. at (305) 622-8062.

MEDIA NOTE: Media interested in attending the event or interviewing Councilman Williams are to contact Sonshine Communications at (305) 948-8063.