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FAU Hosts Fourth Regional Competition for Science Olympiad

500 Middle and High School Students Compete

BOCA RATON, FL (March 10, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science recently hosted its fourth annual regional competition for the Science Olympiad at its Boca Raton campus. Five hundred students from 27 middle and high schools from Palm Beach, Broward, Lee, Martin and Miami-Dade counties participated in the competition judged by FAU professors, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, in events on anatomy, “awesome aquifers,” ecology, math, optics, “microbe mission,” “disease detectives,” ornithology, wind power, experimental design and more.

Boca Raton Community High School was named the top high school team, and the top middle school winner was the “A team” from the Archimedean Middle Conservatory School from Miami.  Both teams will advance to the state Science Olympiad competition.  

The Archimedean Upper Conservatory “A team” won second place in the high school competition, while the Atlantic Community High School “A team” and Cardinal Gibbons High School tied for third place.  Pine Crest Middle School took second place in the middle school competition, and the Archimedean Middle Conservatory “B team” won third place.

            “We had a very exciting day, and the students were absorbed in doing their events, while the faculty and other volunteers had a great time,” said Ingrid Johanson, Ph.D., associate professor and senior associate dean of students for FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and principal organizer of the tournament.  “Our winning teams in the B and C divisions advanced to nationals last year, so I'm hoping that they perform well at the state competition and have the opportunity to go to nationals again.”

Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization begun in 1984 by K-12 science teachers to improve the quality of science education and foster a love of science among students.  Forty-eight states participate in the Science Olympiad, one of the premier science competitions in the nation.  The events in the Southeast Florida Science Olympiad require middle and high school students to work in teams of two or more in lab-based events conducting experiments, knowledge-based events taking written tests on research materials and engineering-based events building devices that accomplish a task. 

For more information, contact Ingrid Johanson, Ph.D., at 561-297-3303 or


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University , established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges : the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & 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. For more information, visit .

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