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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU Hosts 900 of Florida's Finest Science Students During 2001 State Science Fair

FORT MYERS, FL - For five days beginning Monday, April 16, Southwest Florida will become home to over 900 of the best and brightest young science minds in the state when Florida Gulf Coast University hosts the 46th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair competition at the Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers. Other events and meetings are at FGCU, Barbara B. Mann and Sunsplash.

The theme of the fair is the "Nature of Things," an appropriate name since FGCU is the state headquarters for the Office of Environmental Education. It is also home to the new $9.8 million Whitaker Hall for Science, Math and Technology Education, which is poised to facilitate FGCU offering the best education in undergraduate science in the state of Florida.

In addition, FGCU is a logical choice to suit this year's theme since Southwest Florida is the only subtropical area in the continental United States. The region is known for its extensive biodiversity. It doesn't hurt that is was also the winter homes of science great, Thomas Edison.

Participating students will set up their projects at Harborside on Wednesday, April 18 with judging to follow on Thursday, April 19. The exhibition is open to the public after judging ends at 7 p.m. The Grand Awards ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at Harborside.

Students are competing for scholarships, cash, opportunities for summer employment, place awards and a chance to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif. in May where students will win more than $2 million in awards and scholarships.

Registrants will also participate in other activities, including tours and field trips around the area. As an accredited comprehensive public university, FGCU addresses the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and provides a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities for the general public, such as hosting the statewide science fair.

Abbreviated schedule of events:

Monday, April 16

2 p.m. -Pre setup for administrative offices

Tuesday, April 17

8 a.m. to noon -Setup tables for projects, place category signs

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. -Setup information tables and registration area

Wednesday, April 18

8 a.m. to 5 pm. -Students register and setup projects.

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. -Opening Ceremony, Barbara B. Mann

Thursday, April 19

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. -Judging

9:45 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.- FGCU President William Merwin "Undergraduate Education in the 20th Century" Hall of 50 States

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.- Student Mixer, Sunsplash

Friday, April 20

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. -Project breakdown

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. -Field trips

7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. -Grand Awards Ceremony, Harborside

For more information, contact Donna Price-Henry, FGCU Associate Dean of Physiology, at (941) 590-7158 or Nancy A. Besley, Executive Director of the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists, at (321) 287-6166.

Representatives from the media should check in at the Registration Table in the Lobby. Special badges and ribbons will be available. Representatives of the media are allowed at any time but should be careful not to interrupt the judging process.

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