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FAU Hosts First Regional Competition for Science Olympiad

BOCA RATON, FL (January 30, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will host its first regional competition for the Science Olympiad on Saturday, February 2 in the General North Classroom building at 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

The Science Olympiad is a team competition that requires knowledge of science and engineering. At the national level, there are 23 events in which team members compete in a single day.   More than 14,000 teams from the United States and Canada compete each year.   This will be the first time a Florida regional event has been held outside of central Florida.

“We are hosting 10 events for the middle school level and 10 events for the high school level,” said Dr. Ingrid Johanson, associate dean of students in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and principal organizer of this program. “There will be two levels of competition.   Division B will be for the middle school level, and Division C will be for high school competition.”  

Teams for the Olympiad competition include Archimedean Middle Conservatory, Miami; Florida Benjamin School, North Palm Beach; Florida Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale; Florida Dunbar High School, Fort Myers; and Florida Lemon Bay High School, Englewood.

The middle school teams will discuss topics including anatomy, astronomy, ecology, amphibians and reptiles, disease detectives, food science, metric mastery, oceanography, simple machines and tower building.   The high school teams will be competing in astronomy, ecology, herpetology, disease detectives, food science, oceanography, fermi questions, sounds of music and boomilever.

A faculty member from FAU’s department of chemistry and biochemistry also will be performing a chemistry “magic show” prior to the final awards ceremony.

For more information, contact Dr. Ingrid Johanson at 561-297-3303 or johanson@fau.edu.

-FAU-

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.   

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