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2014-158-2137 - Science Fair Event  1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200    Miami Gardens, Florida 33169    City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: September 22, 2014 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other x Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading X Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: Special Event At‐ Large Seat 5 #01‐ 11‐01‐511‐498‐06 for $5,000.00 Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: N/A X Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communcation Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) N/A X Sponsor Name David Williams Jr., Council Member Department:City Council   Short Title:    A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, HOSTING THE 4th ANNUAL CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR FOR ELEMENTARY- AGED STUDENTS; AUTHORIZING AN ALLOCATION OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5000.00) FROM AT-LARGE SEAT 5 SPECIAL EVENT FUND UPON APPROVAL OF SAID FUND IN THE 2014-2015 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Staff Summary:  A significant amount of published journals and articles reflect the widening gap that exists between the U.S. and other countries in the arena of science and engineering as it pertains to students in grads K-12. Moreover, it is well understood that by the time students in the U.S. ITEM K-5) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION 4th Annual Science and Engineering Fair   1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200    Miami Gardens, Florida 33169    reach high school, their interest in science and engineering is greatly diminished as a consequence of a lack of exposure and lack of resources. The lack of exposure to these fields is exponentially profound in predominately minority communities like the City of Miami Gardens. For the fourth consecutive year, in an effort to cultivate increased exposure and interest in the fields of science and engineering, the attached resolution proposed that the City of Miami Gardens continues to support the Science and Engineering Fair being carried bout in partnership with all of the public elementary schools within the city’s limits. The Fair is scheduled to take place, Monday, December 8, 2014, at St. Thomas University, with an Awards Ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex. Monetary awards will be provided to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, along with a monetary award for the elementary school with the highest level of participation. Councilman David Williams Jr., has identified private funding sources to assist with the awards to both students and the winning school. The winners of the Science and Engineering Fair will be determined by a committee comprised of science and engineering professionals, along with select members of the academic community. The proposed resolution seeks to contunie cultivating an interest in these in these fields and to groom the next generation of research scientists, and engineers. Furthermore, Councilman Williams is requesting financial support in the amount of $5,000.00 to be allocated from Account No. 01-11-01-511-498-06, entiled Special Event At-Large Seat 5. Proposed Action:    That the City Council approve the attached Resolution.   Attachment: