For Immediate Release
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Southeast Students Compete in Middle School Science Bowl at FSEC
A record-setting 33 teams participated in the Southeast Regional Middle School
Science Bowl hosted by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) on April 1, making
this annual event one of the largest regional science bowl competitions in the
The Science Bowl is designed to encourage middle school students to excel in
mathematics, science and engineering. The event features both a fast-paced
question-and-answer competition and a hands-on engineering event. Teams
participate in the academic competition until one winning team remains. The top
eight teams then participate in a hands-on science activity, building and racing a
hydrogen fuel cell model car.
Harris County-Carver Middle School from Harris County (Georgia) won the academic
portion of the program and will represent the Southeast at the National Science
Bowl in Denver, CO, on June 21-24. The team, which won every round of their
competition, will design, build and race their hydrogen fuel cell car at the
The eight finalist teams also participated in a hands-on
hydrogen workshop. Two
Cocoa Beach High School students and former National Middle School Science Bowl
champions Kyla Davis Horn and Antony Stabile provided some pointers on winning
strategies and competition expectations to the throng of middle school students.
In addition, the teams were provided with hydrogen fuel cells from General Motors,
one of the co-sponsors. The hydrogen workshop was held to deepen the students'
understanding of hydrogen fuel cell technology and prepare the teams for the
National Science Bowl and the Florida Solar Energy Center's EnergyWhiz Olympics.
Assorted construction materials were funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The eight top teams will return to FSEC for the EnergyWhiz Olympics on May 6 to
demonstrate their hydrogen fuel cell cars during the daylong event that includes
the Junior Solar Sprint, High School Hydrogen Sprint and the Middle School Hands-on
For more information, contact Susan Schleith at 321-638-1017 or at
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.