Congressman Fattah Brings STEM Education & Neuroscience Agendas to Silicon Valley

Fattah will participate in the STEM Great Think event, followed by visits to Stanford University and Facebook

May 01, 2014, 13:43 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) will be in Silicon Valley tomorrow, May 2 to offer remarks and participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) inaugural STEM Great Think event. Fattah, who has been a longstanding proponent of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, has worked closely with BGCA to fuse STEM into youth mentoring initiatives.

The Great Think event is the organization's signature thought leadership platform. Friday's event will bring together renowned leaders from higher education, government agencies, national non-profits, industry, and more at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood City, CA. Participants will develop a strategic plan for public-private solutions to advance STEM programs during out-of-school time; engage and retain more underrepresented youth in STEM education; and guide more youth to succeed in STEM careers.  In 2012, Congressman Fattah was responsible for the American Innovation and Mentorship (AIM) Agreement, that linked BGCA with FIRST!, to provide STEM opportunities at clubs across the country. Additionally, Fattah helped coordinate a Space Act Agreement between NASA and BGCA last fall, to introduce STEM content into their mentoring programs and inspire a new generation of students interested in STEM fields.

In addition to the Great Think event, the Congressman's California trip will include briefings, lab tours, meetings with neurotech executives on Alzheimer's innovation, and site visits focusing on his work in both the neuroscience and technology space:

Facebook Headquarters Tour and Policy Briefing – Fattah will visit Facebook, Inc.'s Menlo Park headquarters for a tour and discussion of STEM initiatives, patent issues, and privacy issues with Facebook executives. As Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), Fattah is responsible for directing funding to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Neuroscience Visit at Stanford UniversityCongressman Fattah continues his tour of research universities with a trip to Stanford for a lab visit and meetings with university brain researchers. This is his 6th university site visit in 2014, as part of his efforts through the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative.

Google Glass Basecamp Visit – Congressman Fattah, the first Member of Congress to become a Glass Explorer will visit Google's San Francisco Basecamp to receive his Glass upgrade. The Glass upgrade was released earlier this year. Fattah uses the glasses to offer a unique perspective of his work in Congress—specifically his neuroscience and education advocacy.  

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah