FREMONT – Assemblymember Bill Quirk attended the 2015 Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair where he spent time visiting with students and learning about their creative and innovative science projects. In order to encourage more young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), the Assemblymember established the ‘Bill Quirk STEAM Works Scholarship’. This Scholarship is awarded to a student in the 20th Assembly District who participates in the Fair and shows an interest in the field of physics. After much deliberation, the Assemblymember awarded Vanessa Wang of American High School in Fremont, California this year’s $1,000.00 scholarship for her project entitled Little Insect.
Assemblymember Bill Quirk authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 42 recognizing March as California Science Fair Month. As an Astrophysicist, he knows that science fairs are often a student’s first exploration into the world of science. “Science Fairs around the state emphasize the importance of STEAM education through hands-on learning, research, and discovery,” he stated after presenting ACR 42 on the Assembly Floor. Assemblymember Quirk’s additional motivation for ACR 42 was to increase awareness for the need to expand STEAM education opportunities in order to meet California's increasing workforce demands in STEAM. He hopes this Scholarship will encourage more students in the 20th Assembly District to participate in their local science fairs.
Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his Ph.D in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee and has been appointed to the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Revenue and Taxes, and Utilities & Commerce, and Chairs the Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy.