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Math and Science Day Scholastic Competition

Date TBD

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.

Competitions at Math and Science Day

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. 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. Write It Build It 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. Puzzlefest Rules PDF

  • Chemistry competition – students will perform a chemical analysis of selected materials. 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.

  • 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 of course.) Students as Teachers Rules PDF.

  • The Scholastic competition 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. 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 years scholastic competition include: algebra; geometry; chemistry; biological science; physics and physical science. The scientific apparatus portion of the event will be specified as the date approaches.

  • Toothpick Bridge Contest – students build a toothpick bridge with a team up to two that will support the most weight and spanning a 25.0 cm opening using only one box of wooden toothpicks and one 4oz bottle of white multipurpose Elmer's glue. Toothpick Bridge Contest 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 620-441-5296 or