The Mu Alpha Sigma Chi organization and the Natural Sciences Department at Cowley College in Arkansas City are looking forward to another exciting Math and Science Day event at the school.

Cowley College Math and Science DayThe event will be Feb. 7 and it will consist of scholastic competitions in the areas of mathematics and science for all high school students.

Area schools are invited to bring interested students and teachers for the competition. Those interested can register online at www.cowley.edu/science or by calling (620) 441-5303.

The format of the competition will consist of the construction of scientific apparatus testing the skills of the creators (in teams of two) and a scholastic competition for those knowledgeable in the scientific fields. Students are welcome to compete in either or both of the competitions.

Past competitions have included the following:

  • Write It Build It Competition — A team member will view a constructed object and write a description of how to build it. The description will be given to a second team member, who will attempt to build it from the written description.
  • Puzzlefest Competition — Students will be given 30 minutes to complete a geometrically shaped math puzzle by solving algebraic problems as quickly as possible.
  • Chemistry Competition — Students will perform a chemical analysis of selected materials.
  • Critical Thinking — This event can be done in teams of two. Each team is given a series of clues to help to solve a problem, similar to the Clue board game.
  • Teacher Demo — It’s your turn to be the teacher! Students will present a brief lesson on a topic of their choosing in the math and science realm.
  • Scholastic Competition — This is a preliminary examination in all science and math areas. The top scoring student in each discipline then competes in a verbal quiz. The verbal format is a single-elimination discipline bee. When the last two competitors are standing, the answer must be determined by one of the competitors to eliminate the other. The categories for this year’s scholastic competition include algebra, biological science, chemistry, geometry, physics and physical science. The scientific apparatus portion of the event will be specified as it approaches.
  • Toothpick Bridge Contest — Students (individually or on teams of two) build a toothpick bridge that will support the most weight and spans a 25-centimeter opening, using only one box of wooden toothpicks and one 4-ounce bottle of white multipurpose Elmer’s glue.

Lunch will be provided and the event will conclude with an awards ceremony.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.