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Math and Science Day Scholastic Competition

February 11, 2015

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.

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.
    Mouse Trap Car Competition - students will build a vehicle, powered solely by the energy of one standard-sized mouse trap, (1 3/4” x 3 7/8”), that will travel a 5-meter linear in the shortest amount of time. Mouse Trap Car Rules PDF.
  • Eiffel Tower Competition - students will design a tower using plastic drinking straws that will support the weight of a wooden meter stick in a 5 minute timeframe. Eiffel Tower Rules PDF.
  • Chemistry competition - students will perform a chemical analysis of selected materials. CSI 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.

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.


Click here for the Instructor Online Registration Form for all competitions.
(To be completed by instructors registering an entire class or school)

Click here for the Student Online Registration Form for all competitions.
(To be completed by individual students without school sponsorship)


8:30 - 9:00  Registration - BC/WR
9:05 - 10:00 Scholastic Competitions
-Preliminary Exams, GJ 301-305
-CSI Chemical Analysis - GJ 307

Scientific Apparatus Events
-Propeller Cars, BC/Lobby
-Write It, Build It, GJ 306
-Puzzlefest, GJ 301/302

10:50 - 11:45 Campus Tours
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch and Awards Ceremony, BC/WR
-Welcome - Jason O-Toole
-"Students as Teachers" Videos
-Quiz Bowl
BC/WR = Brown Center/Wright Room
GJ = Galle Johnson

Thank you for your participation

Martin Shaffer and Steven Cooper
Math & Science Club Advisors
Cowley College
620-441-5329 or 620-441-5215 or



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