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FAU Hosts Fourth Regional Competition for Science Olympiad

36 Middle and High School Teams Registered to Participate

                BOCA RATON, FL (February 17, 2011) -  Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will host its fourth regional competition for the Science Olympiad on Saturday, February 19, from 7:15 6 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. The 2011 event will welcome 500 middle and high school students from Palm Beach, Broward, Lee, Martin and Miami-Dade counties. 

            “Being involved in Science Olympiad is one of the most exciting and fulfilling aspects of my job,” 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 nation’s future depends on our ability to educate future scientists and engineers, and this is probably one of the best ways to stimulate their interest in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. I really feel like we are making a difference.”

            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, in knowledge-based events taking written tests on research materials, as well as in engineering-based events building devices that accomplish a task.  The students who win at the regional competitions advance to the state tournament, and those winners compete at the national tournament. 

Judged by FAU professors, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, the regional Science Olympiad will include competitive events on anatomy, “awesome aquifers,” ecology, math, optics, “microbe mission,” “disease detectives,” ornithology, wind power, experimental design and more.

            Sponsors for the event are the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU, DS SolidWorks, Texas Instruments, Mathnasium and the South Florida Alumni of Stuyvesant High School.  Prizes are donated by VWR Education and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science.

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


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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: 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. For more information, visit

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