High school math students around the state are sharpening their No. 2 pencils and dusting off their brains in anticipation of the 28th annual Fort Hays State University Math Relays.
A few changes have been made to the competition as a result of the upcoming renovation of Memorial Union.
"Typically in the past, we've had upwards of 1,600 participants, but we are cutting it down to 800 students this year," said Mary Kay Schippers, instructor of mathematics and computer science and Math Relays coordinator.
Because of this new rule, entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The entry deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 17.
The competition will have the same set-up as in past years, with six events held throughout the day. In order to keep the competition as similar as possible, every student will be required to participate in at least four events.
Each school will be limited to five students competing as individuals and one team per event. The six events are Using Number Sense; Trigonometry; Algebraic Manipulations; Informal Geometry - Measurement; Applications of Algebra - Arithmetic; and Calculations with Calculators.
This year's relays will start at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 10. An awards ceremony will be held in the Fort Hays Ballroom in the Union.
For more information, including a schedule of events, visit the MACS Web site at http://www.fhsu.edu/macs/mathRelays/mathrelays.htm.
"Everything is on the Web site, including a list of previous winners," said Schippers.