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Engineering Students Geared Up to Judge the 64th Annual South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair and SECME Olympiad

Thirteen University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) students served as judges at the 64th Annual South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair and the Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics and Enrichment (SECME) Olympiad.

The events were associated with the Miami-Dade Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Expo competitions and the Elementary Science Fair. All competitions took place on February 10, 2018, at the Miami-Dade College North Campus.

The UMCoE SECME students coordinated under the direction of Rachael Snyder (BSBME ’19) and Swati Narasimhan (BSME ’19). The students volunteered to assist with the science fair and SECME Olympiad representing the NASA Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) and earned community service hours.

This annual Expo is the culmination of projects completed as a result of classroom activities and/or students, parents and teachers participating in engineering design seminars, which are held throughout the year at member universities/colleges. These projects help open the doors to college scholarships and advanced academic studies as well as showcase the students’ vision and promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in humanity.

SECME is a national organization with the goal of increasing the pool of students who will be prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in STEM, thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce. During each of the Olympiads, students participated in a variety of competitions, which included bridges, mousetrap cars, water rockets, Brain Bowl, essays, poems, banners and posters.

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