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FAU Hosts Third Regional Competition for Science Olympiad
450 Middle and High School Students Registered to Participate


BOCA RATON, FL (February 18, 2010) Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will host its third regional competition for the Science Olympiad on Saturday, February 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will take place in the lobby of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“There are 43 events of competition in the FAU regional competition.  Our events range from science crime busters to pentathlon to astronomy to a mousetrap vehicle,” said Dr. Ingrid Johanson, associate dean of students for FAU’s 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.”

Science Olympiad, since its inception in 1984, has led a revolution in science education and is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation with 48 states participating.  This competitive event is comprised of teams of students who have knowledge of various science topics and engineering abilities.  Regional team winners of the competition advance to the state competition.  The state team winners then advance to the national level where there are more than 20 events, again requiring knowledge of science and engineering.  FAU hosted the first Florida regional event outside of central Florida in 2008.

The 2010 FAU event will welcome more than 450 students from Broward, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.  Sponsors for the event are the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Solidworks, Mathnasium, Mimio, McGraw-Hill, VWR and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science.  More than 100 FAU faculty members, students and staff volunteer to work this event as event directors and judges.

The closing ceremony will feature a presentation by Dr. Stephen Kajiura, FAU assistant professor of biological science and a renowned shark researcher who has been featured on the Discovery Channel,as well as the awarding of prizes to the winning teams and schools.

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

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. 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 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. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .

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