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FAU to Offer ‘Winter Science Institute’ for Middle and High School Students

BOCA RATON, FL (September 21, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will be holding a “Winter Science Institute” for middle and high school students as part of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative. The Institute will be six days long, running Wednesday, December 26 through Friday, December 28, and Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, January 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.

Building on the success of this year’s inaugural “Summer Science Institute,” the highly engaging lessons are also designed to be a useful preparation for the Science Olympiad, a national competition in which teams of students participate in events pertaining to various scientific disciplines. The Institute is a non-credit academic program specifically designed to meet the intellectual and cognitive needs of high-performing middle and high school students interested in discovering the world of science.

Class sizes are small, and students will participate in hands-on research projects and will have exposure to laboratories and expert scientists. Space is limited to 25 students, and the selection process is competitive. Cost for the “Winter Science Institute” is $175.

For more information, please contact the office of continuing education in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at 561-297-3700, or visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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