Darwin Day Middle School Poster Contest

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On February 7, 1:00 PM, Center for Inquiry Tampa will present ten monetary awards for the "Darwin Day Poster Contest", in celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. Science teachers of Hillsborough County, FL, invited middle school science students to participate. The top ten prize winners will be awarded cash prizes, and their posters will be displayed for one week in J.F. Germany Library, science section.

Science and education advocacy association Center for Inquiry Tampa is sponsoring a poster contest in celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, and to promote science in general. This year--2009--also marks the 150th anniversary of publication of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," the treatise establishing evolution as a bedrock of science.

Applications were distributed to students through Hillsborough County middle school science classes. Entries were submitted on January 16th. Each participant will receive a ribbon for their entry. First through tenth place monetary awards will be given for scientific merit (primary criterion) and artistic presentation (secondary criterion). Winning posters will be displayed in the science section of J. F. Germany Library from February 7-14.

When: Awards announcement and prize distribution--Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Where: J. F. Germany Library, 900 Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602-3704, First floor, Science Section.

Judges: Among the judges are: Wesley M. Johnson, Ph.D (Professor, USF, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering); Jack Robinson, Ed. D (Professor Emeritus, USF, Arts and Sciences); Lois Fries, MS.

The Center for Inquiry Tampa is a non-profit educational foundation whose mission is "To promote and defend reason, science, and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor." CFI organizations publish Skeptical Inquirer, PENSAR, and Free Inquiry magazines. See http://CenterForInquiry.net/Tampa for more information, or call Rick O'Keefe (813) 849-7571.

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