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MDC North Campus Hosts Elementary Science Fair and SECME District Olympiad & Festival


Miami, April 14, 2010 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus will host Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Elementary Science Fair and Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics Enhancement (SECME) District Olympiad & Festival on Saturday, April 17, at 9 a.m.  

More than 1,000 participants, including students, parents, teachers, industry and university partners, are expected to attend the annual M-DCPS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) showcase of competitions at the Elementary Science Fair and SECME District Olympiad & Festival.  Over 100 elementary and secondary schools have registered to enter the district elementary science fair and 10 Olympiad & festival events, which showcase elementary, middle, and senior high school students engaged in engineering, mathematics, and science challenges in a positive, competitive environment of sportsmanship.  The purpose of the Elementary Science Fair is to encourage students' interest in science, to develop their inquiry and investigation skills, and to enhance children's pride in completing research projects. In the SECME program, students are required to design, build, and test a variety of engineering and research projects throughout the year. Students are also exposed to practicing engineers who help them understand the importance of mathematics and science in the global economy with the ultimate goal of encouraging students to pursue postsecondary degrees in engineering, mathematics, science, and technology.

Elementary science fair projects demonstrating student research in the disciplines of life, earth and physical sciences, will be displayed and judged. SECME student teams will test basswood bridges for structural efficiency. Containers will be engineered to maintain the contents, a raw egg, intact after they are hoisted and dropped from initial heights of 50 feet. Cars powered solely by the spring from a mousetrap will race across the gymnasium floor and water bottle rockets will be launched into the air with the anticipation of maintaining the maximum hang time. Essays, artwork, and banners communicating student interpretations of this year’s theme, Igniting Minds through STEM Education, will be displayed and judged.  The competition is the culmination of projects completed as a result of classroom activities and/or students, parents, and teachers participating in Saturday Engineering Design Seminars. Seminars are held throughout the year at member universities/colleges and M-DCPS SECME schools.

While this important event is happening, the North Campus will also be partnering with the  Hispanic Scholarship Fund to host a major Town Meeting - College is Possible – that same day, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Science Complex where attendees can learn about college admissions, financial aid and, of course, scholarship opportunities.  

Elementary Science Fair and SECME District Olympiad & Festival

  • WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 17, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • WHERE: MDC-North Campus 11380 NW 27 Ave.
  • COST: Free

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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