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January 20, 2017


Registration underway for Math & Science Day at Cowley College


The Mu Alpha Sigma Chi organization and the Natural Science Department at Cowley College in Arkansas City are looking forward to another exciting Math & Science Day event at the school. The event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8 and will consist of 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. Those interested can register online at or by calling 620-441-5303. Deadline to register is noon on Feb. 1.

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.
  • Puzzlefest Competition – students will be given 30 minutes to complete a geometrically shaped math puzzle by solving algebraic problems as quickly as possible.
  • Chemistry competition - students will perform a chemical analysis of selected materials.
  • FIZIX PHUN – provides students the opportunity to experience “shocking” demonstrations and hands on activities, including high tech data collection, that are used in Cowley’s physics program. Phun for everyone. Not a competition event.
  • Students as Teachers Videos – It’s your turn to be the teacher! Students submit their own videos in which they present a brief lesson on a topic of their choosing (in the Math and Science realm of course.)
  • 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 year’s 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 Tower Contest – students build the tallest toothpick tower to support a 1 kg mass using only one box of wooden toothpicks and one 4 oz. bottle of white multipurpose Elmer’s glue.


Lunch will be provided and the event will conclude with an awards ceremony.