First High School Science Bowl to be Held at Florida Solar Energy Center Saturday

The 2007 Southeast Regional Science Bowl competition will be held at the Florida Solar Energy Center/University of Central Florida (FSEC) on Saturday, March 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Fourteen teams from Florida will participate in an academic competition.  The top academic team members and their mentor from this Science Bowl will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to represent the Southeast region of the United States at the National Science Bowl competition, April 26-30, 2007.

The Southeast Regional High School Science Bowl is a fast-paced question and answer contest in which students answer questions about earth science, physical science, life science, general science and math.

Each of the top eight teams will be invited to participate in a hydrogen fuel cell workshop on April 7, where they will receive a fuel cell car kit.  The kit will be used by teams to design and build vehicles to compete in future events, such as the Hydrogen Sprint at the Energywhiz Olympics, at FSEC May 12, 2007.

Teams include:
Boone High School, Orange County
Brevard Collaborative, Brevard County
C. Leon King High School, Hillsborough County
Doral Academy Charter High School, Miami Dade (two teams)
Durant High School, Hillsborough County
Eau Gallie High School, Brevard County
Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County
Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough County
Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Dade County (two teams)
Palm Bay High School, Brevard County
South Plantation High School, Broward County

A program of the U. S. Department of Energy Office of Science, the Science Bowl encourages student involvement in mathematics and science activities, improves awareness of alternative fuel technologies, and provides an avenue of enrichment and reward for academic science achievement.

For additional information about the Southeast Regional High School Science Bowl, the Middle School Science Bowl, or the EnergyWhiz Olympics, contact Susan Schleith, FSEC Education Coordinator, at 321-638-1017, Susan@fsec.ucf.edu.

The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research center in the country.  Current research activities include solar water and pool heating, solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-efficient buildings, alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel, fuel cells and other energy areas.  For more information about the center, visit www.fsec.ucf.edu or call the FSEC Public Affairs Office at (321) 638-1015.

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