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Math and Science Day Scholastic Competition

February 6, 2019

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Hosted by Cowley College
Arkansas City, Kansas

Mu Alpha Sigma Chi organization and the Natural Science department at Cowley College in Arkansas City are hosting an exciting event. Members of the Natural Science department and the sponsors are holding a scholastic competition in the math and science areas for all high school students.

Area schools are invited to bring interested students and teachers for the competition.

Math & Science Day Agenda

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration in the Brown Center

9:10 AM – 9:50 AM

Scholastic Competitions
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM Scientific Apparatus Events
10:50 AM - 11:30 AM Scientific Apparatus Events
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch/Awards Ceremony

(1:00 tours available upon request)

Competitions at Math and Science Day

The format of the competition will consist of a scholastic competition for those knowledgeable in the scientific fields and a scientific skills sections which includes the construction of scientific apparatus and/or problems solving that test the skills of the participants (usually in teams). Students are encouraged to compete in both of the competitions which include the following:

Session 1: The Scholastic Competition
  • This portion will consist of a preliminary examination in all science and math areas. The top scoring student in each discipline will then compete in a verbal quiz. The verbal format will be a single elimination discipline bee (scholar’s bowl). 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.
Session 2 and 3: Scientific Apparatus and Skills
  • Chemistry competition – students will perform a chemical analysis of selected materials. Click here for the CSI Rules PDF.
  • Critical Thinking – This event can be done in teams of two. The team will be given a series of clues to help solve a problem, similar to the Clue board game.
  • Mouse Trap Car – Build a vehicle, powered solely by energy of one standard-sized mouse trap, (1 ¾” X 3 7/8”), that will travel a 5-meter linear distance in the shortest amount of time. Click here for the Mouse Trap Car contest rules PDF.
  • Puzzlefest Competition – students will be given 30 minutes to complete a geometrically shaped math puzzle by solving algebraic problems as quickly as possible. Click here for the Puzzlefest Rules PDF
  • 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. Click here for the Write It Build It Rules PDF

We are excited to offer this competition again and would welcome participation from more students. If you or your students are interested in competing for prizes in scientific areas, please consider joining this growing event.

Thank you for your participation.

Mike Hayden and Humphrey Wamocha
Math & Science Club Advisors
Cowley College
620-441-5323 or 316-777-3059 or