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 Date: March 31, 2011 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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Brain challenges ahead at annual UHV/VC Math and Computer Science Awareness Day


 

Dennis Riedesel, center, a UHV associate professor of education, shows off some math-based magic to students Arturo Foneca, left, of Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca and Kendle Patek of St. Paul High School in Shiner during the 2010 Math and Computer Science Day at the University of Houston-Victoria. This year’s event will be held April 7.

 

Area high school students will get to flex their grey matter muscles and have a chance to win trophies April 7 at the 16th Annual Math and Computer Science Awareness Day, presented by the University of Houston-Victoria and Victoria College.

 

The event will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the UHV campus, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

 

The theme for this year’s event is “Unraveling Complex Systems.” Alireza Tavakkoli, UHV assistant professor of computer science, said the events for high school students will challenge creativity and intellect.

 

“We invite high schools to bring their students to participate, and for the first time, we are inviting parents to attend,” he said. “We will have some very interesting activities involving math, computer science and gaming.”

 

At least 100 area high school students are expected to take part in two competitions in math and computer science. The top three winners of the competitions at the individual and team levels will receive award certificates and trophies.

 

Keynote speaker Dmitri Sobolev, a UHV assistant professor of biology, will give insight about the role of mathematics in biology and environmental sciences by discussing population dynamics.

 

The schedule for the event is:  

  • 1:30 to 2 p.m. – Check-in at UHV University Center foyer
  • 2:15 to 2:45 – Math contest
  • 2:15 to 2:45 – Concurrent breakout session
  • 3 to 3:30 – Computer science contest
  • 3 to 3:30 – Concurrent breakout session
  • 3:45 to 4:15 – Awards ceremony and keynote speech
  • 4:15 to 4:30 – Networking and social

 

The mathematics breakout session will focus on using mathematics and acting skills to help students pretend to read someone’s mind. Ricardo Teixeira, a UHV instructor of mathematics, will lead the session.

 

The computer science breakout session, offered at the same time as the computer science contest, will help students learn to make movies and computer animation using an “Unreal Development Kit.” Tavakkoli will walk students through design techniques for cinema and gaming using the most advanced game engine in the world.

 

For more information about the event or individual contests, contact Tavakkoli at 361-570-4024, Teixeira at 361-570-4206 or Darin Kazmir of Victoria College at 361-582-2417.

 

 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.