Collaboration, Competition, Creativity, Camaraderie and Celebration of Women in Mathematics and the Sciences
Columbia College is pleased to host Math and Science Days for High School Girls and Middle School Girls. Sponsored by the Biology, Chemistry, Computing and Mathematics Programs in the Division of Business, Mathematics and Sciences at Columbia College. These special days offer exciting opportunities for motivated students to explore the beauty, power, and usefulness of mathematics and the sciences. Students will enjoy participating in a variety of workshops and hands-on activities. They will also learn about careers and women's contributions in math and the sciences and other related fields. Students will be able to compete in a variety of ways: in an individual written contest and a Jeopardy team competition. Prizes for these competitions include medals, trophies and other various prizes.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
High School (FALL EVENT) - Female students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate.
Middle School (SPRING EVENT) - Female students in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate. Students are expected to be accompanied by an adult, such as a teacher or parent, to and from the event. Parents are welcome to stay, if they would like, or return at 3pm for the award ceremony.
There is a registration fee of $10 per student and other accompanying adults, except teachers. Teachers are free. The fees help to defray the cost of lunch, snacks, and materials.
There are two competitions that students can enter. These are the individual written competition for all participants and the Jeopardy team competition.
The Written Competition
All registered student participants are expected to take the written competition in the morning. Questions will come from basic algebra, geometry, number properties, counting, and logic. The test consists of 26 multiple choice questions. The top individual scorers will receive awards in the form of medals and other various prizes. (Students must attend the full day to be eligible for the prizes.)
High School Sample questions
Middle School Sample questions
Problem Solving Competition
For this timed competition, schools will form groups of 3 to 5 students and will be given a set of problems to be solved within the allotted time. This competition encourages collaboration and creativity in problem solving. The team that solves the most number of problems correctly will be the winner. Previous competitions include a problem solving Mathematical Auction.
The Math Jeopardy Competition
Just like the Jeopardy game show on TV, the answer for the clue is given in the form of a question. Our competition however is for teams, instead of individuals. Each school may register one team consisting of 2 or 3 members. We can only accommodate 8 teams, so only the first eight teams to register may compete. The champion will receive a trophy and additional prizes. (Each school is allowed one team but is encouraged to name a second team in case there is room for an additional team.)
Several concurrent workshops are scheduled in during the day and are open to all attendees. Some of the previous topics included Breaking the Code, Chemistry and Art, CIS Blood Splatter, A Potential Bloody Mess: Blood Type and Transfusion, MMmm...exponentials, Math Magic, Origami-Orgames, Candy Corn Catamarans and Remodeling DNA.
Dr. Virginia Johnson
Mathematics Program Coordinator
1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia, SC 29203