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Lincoln Middle School Wins Academic Portion of Regional DOE National Science Bowl®
COCOA, Fla. - Lincoln Middle School, in Gainesville, Fla., is this year's
Southeastern regional winner of the academic portion of the U.S. Department of
Energy's (DOE) National Science Bowl® for middle school students. The
event was held Saturday at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). The Lincoln "A"
Team must now compete against seven other finalist teams from the region in the
Hands-On Hydrogen competition, where they must demonstrate a functional fuel
cell-powered model car, for a chance to represent Florida at the national finals in
Golden, Colo., this summer. The hydrogen car competition will be held during the
EnergyWhiz Olympics on May 3, 2008, at FSEC.
This year's Lincoln "A" Team members are Matt Banks, Zadia Dupee, Rachel Keen, Rohit
Singh, alternate David Liu, and coach, eighth grade science teacher, Roberta Harbrucker.
The morning started by awarding teams with candy for honors like "most creative
uniforms" and "longest distance traveled". Once the candy prizes ran out, the
competition for the real prize began. During the first half of the competition,
teams were given 20 seconds to discuss and decide on answers to multiple choice
questions. This part of the competition ended in a "sudden death" showdown between
two schools to determine who would take the final spot among the eight finalist
teams continuing on in the competition.
The final eight teams were from Andrew Jackson Middle School in Titusville,
Archimedean Middle Conservatory in Miami, Challenger K-8 School of Science and
Math in Spring Hill, Lincoln Middle School in Gainesville, Professional Academies
Magnet School in Gainesville, Ronald McNair Magnet School in Rockledge, St. Charles
Borromeo in Orlando, and Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park.
These eight teams attended an hour-long workshop where they learned how to construct
and use hydrogen fuel cells. Using fuel cell kits provided by DOE and General
Motors, each of the eight finalist teams must design, construct, and demonstrate a
functional model car powered by the fuel cell at the EnergyWhiz Olympics.
After the fuel cell workshop and a relaxing lunch break, it was time for the double
elimination round. In this fast-paced portion of the event, each team relied on its
individual members to quickly buzz-in and answer questions correctly without
consulting their teammates. Hours of intense academic competition passed before
Lincoln Middle School was announced the winner.
Taking second and third place awards were, respectively, Trinity Preparatory School
and Archimedean Middle Conservatory. The team from Archimedean Middle Conservatory,
made up entirely of sixth-grade students, was the youngest team ever to place in the
annual competition, with two of its members being only 10 years old.
The U.S. Department of Energy launched its National Science Bowl® competition in
1991. DOE introduced the National Science Bowl's competition for middle school
students in 2002. Since then, approximately 10,000 middle school students and
teachers have participated. This year more than 5,000 middle school students from 30
states competed in the DOE National Science Bowl's regional competitions for middle
school students. By participating in National Science Bowl competitions, students
are encouraged to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields,
which will help develop the workforce that America requires to remain at the
forefront of scientific advances, technological innovation and economic
competitiveness. For more information, please visit
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