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Lake County’s elementary students prepare for an extraordinary feat of academic strengths

For centuries strongmen have been entertaining crowds by their demonstrations of strength; Lake County’s elementary school students will do one better as they compete in the Third Annual STEM Bowl on Feb. 13-15 to exhibit their academic strengths at science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

STEM Strong The theme for this year’s competition is “STEM Strong.” Teams of five students from nearly every elementary school in Lake County will converge at Lake Receptions, located at 4425 N. Highway 19A in Mount Dora, to compete in the event that fosters problem solving and higher-order thinking.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, third graders will compete and on the next day fourth grade teams will enter the STEM Bowl. Fifth graders will close the three days of competition on Friday, Feb. 15. Each competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“We have more than 340 students participating in this year’s STEM Bowl,” said Rose Sedely, a Program Specialist in the Curriculum Department for Lake County Schools. “With this year’s larger venue, we expect many more parents, grandparents, school representatives and community members will be there each day to cheer on their favorite schools.”

The success of last year’s STEM Bowl was in part due to the partnership from local business sponsors. This year’s preliminary lineup of sponsors is equally strong. Signed up to participate in the event are Data Graphics, Florida Hospital Waterman, Educational Foundation of Lake County, Rotary Club of Eustis, SunTrust, Marshall Financial Group, SECO Energy, Educators Outlet, University of Central Florida College of Education, Harden-Pauli Funeral Home, Chick-fil-A, Publix, Sonic, Danny Len Buick GMC, All Aspects Dental and Stephanie Walter graphics.

For more information about the Third Annual STEM Bowl, contact Lake County Schools Academic Services Department at 352-253-4150.