For Immediate Release

04/07/2006

Contact: Kenneth Sheinkopf
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1007
FAX: (321) 638-1010
 
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 
nation.

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 
national event.

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 
Hydrogen Demonstration.

For more information, contact Susan Schleith at 321-638-1017 or at 
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.