Fort Hays State University's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will host its 26th Annual Math Relays on Thursday, Nov. 13.
The event brings nearly 1,600 students from more than 70 high schools to the FHSU campus to compete in various mathematical competitions.
The MACS Department, formally the Mathematics Department, began the relays in 1978 with 553 students from 34 high schools. Since then, the day has evolved into a statewide event bringing students from eastern and western Kansas.
"Past response to the relays has been excellent," said Mary Kay Shippers, instructor of mathematics and computer science at FHSU. "It's grown almost every year. This year we had to reduce the number of individuals because we've reached the maximum capacity that our university can hold."
As in past years, the competition includes six events. Based on school division and grade level, students participate in six categories:
-- Using number sense, which is recognizing alternative names for numbers, number patterns and reasonability.
-- Algebraic manipulations
-- Informal geometry, measurement, which is computing perimeters, areas and volumes of given geometric figures
-- Applications of algebra, arithmetic
-- Calculations with calculators.
"It's great to see all those students hunched over their desks with their minds working, punching in numbers on their calculators," Shippers said.
The announcement of winners and trophy presentations will be at 2 p.m. Plaques will be awarded to the top three schools in each division. Medals will be awarded to the top three individuals in each category in each respective division. Ribbons will be awarded to fourth through 10th positions in each individual event in each division.
"It's great because it gives students a chance to see where they stand since they'll be competing for scholarships in the future," Shippers said. "It also allows teachers to network with each other so that they can see what is being taught and how it is being taught."
For more information on the Math Relays, visit the FHSU MACS Web site at www.fhsu.edu/macs/.
The following high schools will be represented at the relays:
Decatur Community, Oberlin
Eastern Heights, Agra
Northern Valley, Almena
Pawnee Heights, Rozel
Pike Valley, Scandia
Sacred Heart, Salina
Southeast of Saline, Gypsum
St. John?s of Beloit
Stanton County, Johnson City
Sylvan Unified, Sylvan Grove
Trego Community, WaKeeney
Trinity Catholic, Hutchinson
Victoria High School
White Rock, Burr Oak