FSEC to Host 2007 Middle School Science Bowl

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to be a regional site for the 2007 Middle School Science Bowl – the fifth consecutive year that FSEC has been a host of this event.

The Middle School Science Bowl is a two-part competition featuring a fast-paced academic question-and-answer event and an engineering challenge in which students design, build and race a model-sized hydrogen fuel cell car. More than 2,000 students participated in the 2006 competitions around the country. The winning team in the competition held at FSEC was Harris County Carver Middle School from Harris County, Georgia.

Students in grades 6 – 8 from schools in Florida and Georgia will participate in the competition held at FSEC on April 7. Teams are composed of four students with a mentor or teacher as coach. Winning teams from each of the 30 regional sites compete in the National Middle School Science Bowl to be held in Denver, June 21-24, 2007.

Schools interested in participating should contact Susan Schleith at 321-638-1017 or Penny Hall at 321-638-1018 for more information.

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.