Jackson State University to host Math/Engineering Fair - April 17

April 12, 2009 · Print This Article

math_400.jpg (JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University will hold the 29th annual Mathematics/Engineering Fair April 17 in the university’s new School of Engineering building.
The fair will bring together some 200 juniors and seniors from seven area high schools who will compete individually and in teams in such events as mathematics bowls, exhibits and games, and a written exam and essay contest. The fair also will offer hands-on activities for teachers.  
One of the highlights of the day will be the bridge design and construction competition at 11 a.m., during which teams will present hand-made bridges built from balsa wood.
“The students are asked to construct a bridge under certain specifications,” said mathematics professor David Bramlett, who directs the fair. “The bridge that withstands the most weight wins.”
The theme of the fair is “Building a Better World through Mathematics.” Its objective is to introduce students to Jackson State and to expose them to career opportunities in the fields of mathematics and engineering.
“We hope to attract some of the students to our campus for the long term,” Bramlett said. 
            Participating schools include Collins High School, Crystal Springs High School, the Piney Woods School, St. Joseph Catholic High School, Jim Hill High School, Murrah High School, and Velma Jackson High School. 
            All activities will take place throughout JSU’s newly opened School of Engineering building, which is the first state-funded construction project to earn a LEED designation by the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council. The building was constructed with eco-friendly materials and includes such features as a storm water management system that recycles rainwater for landscaping uses.

            The Mathematics/Engineering fair is sponsored by JSU’s Departments of Mathematics, Civil Engineering and Computer Engineering in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. The event will run from 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.jsums.edu/announcements/4.7.09mathfairsched.pdf.

            For more information, contact David Bramlett at (601) 979-3751 or david.c.bramlett@jsums.edu.



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