The University of Houston-Victoria and The Victoria College are teaming up to host an afternoon of celebration that will include math and computer science contests for local high school students in observance of National Mathematics Awareness Month. The 12th annual Math and Computer Science Awareness Day event will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2007, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in the UHV Multi-Purpose Room.
Each high school can enter up to two four-member teams in each subject. Each math team will include one student from each grade level (9-12), while each computer science team will consist of two students each from grades 11 and 12. Other events scheduled for the afternoon include hands-on applications, demonstrations, and video and lecture presentations. Participants will also enjoy pizza and soft drinks, complements of local restaurants and beverage companies.
Students will have 30 minutes to complete the math and computer science tests, each of which will comprise 25 multiple choice questions/problems. UHV and VC will award scholarships to the top two overall contest winners in each subject, as well as trophies to the first, second and third place teams. Team scores will be determined using the top three individual scores from each team. Ties will be broken using percent accuracy.
The American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics have announced that the theme for Mathematics Awareness Month 2007 is “Mathematics and the Brain,” with particular focus on the role of mathematics and mathematical modeling in the research to understand the mechanisms and function of the human brain from its smallest components to the whole brain. Additional resources for this year’s Mathematics Awareness Month program can be found at www.mathaware.org.
The Math and Computer Science Awareness Day event is open to the public. For more information or to obtain registration forms for the contests, contact Dr. Mel Damodaran at (361) 570-4203 or Minnie Urbano at (361) 570-4135.