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FAU to Host Fifth Regional Competition for Science Olympiad

More than 600 Middle and High School Students Scheduled to Compete


BOCA RATON, FL (February 24, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will host its fifth annual southeast Florida regional competition for the Science Olympiad on Saturday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the science and engineering buildings and general classrooms, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. A wildlife show and closing awards ceremony will begin at 3:15 p.m. on the administration building lawn.

More than 600 middle and high school students from Palm Beach, Broward, Lee, Martin and Miami-Dade counties are scheduled to compete.

The events in the competition are developed and judged by FAU professors, undergraduate and graduate students. A wide variety of topics in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are covered, including anatomy, astronomy, “awesome aquifers,” “disease detectives,” forestry, math, “microbe mission,” optics laser shoot, “robot arm,” thermodynamics and more.  Students work in teams of two or more in lab-based events conducting experiments, in knowledge-based events, in taking written tests on research materials, and in engineering-based events building devices that accomplish a task. 

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.  Teams from all 50 states participate in the Science Olympiad, one of the premier science competitions in the nation.  Students who win at the regional competitions advance to the state tournament, and those winners compete at the national tournament.  The 2011 winners were Boca Raton Community High School and the Archimedean Middle Conservatory in Miami. Both teams finished first place in the state competition for the high school and middle school categories, and moved on to compete in the national Science Olympiad competition in May 2011.  

For more information, contact Ingrid Johanson, Ph.D., at 561-297-3303 (office), 561-866-7295 (cell) or


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 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 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. For more information, visit

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