The HCC Brandon Campus hosted the 2013 Regional Science Olympiad, an exciting team science competition for middle and high school students, on February 23.
Approximately 35 teams and coaches came together to compete in a variety of events throughout the day, culminating in an awards ceremony for the winners of each division. Events included “Disease Detectives,” “Gravity Vehicle,” "Rotor Egg Drop," “Boomilever” and more than 40 other competitions that incorporated science skills and knowledge
“Volunteers from HCC and local schools coordinated each event in classrooms and outdoor areas throughout our Brandon Campus,” said Brandon Campus President Dr. Carlos Soto. “It was a successful event and great opportunity for HCC to host an exciting STEM-related competition for students.”
Fulfilling a desire to bring excitement to science education and competitions, Science Olympiad was founded in 1983. Currently Science Olympiad holds 320 invitational, regional and state competitions across the nation, engaging close to 200,000 students on 6,000 secondary school teams. Through these events, students with a knack for science have a chance to excel inside and outside the classroom.
The HCC Brandon Campus is a hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula, and the location for the Florida Advanced Technological Education (FLATE) Center, a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence.