UTSA hosts Texas Math and Science Coaches Association State Meet

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(March 13, 2014) -- For the 26th consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio will welcome 1,500 of the state’s best high school math and science students to compete in the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) State Meet. The competition runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 15 on the second floor of the McKinney Humanities Building on the UTSA Main Campus.

Competition categories include:

  • Number Sense involves a 10-minute, 80-question mental math test covering all high school mathematics courses.
  • Science competition challenges students to do a wide range of reading in biology, chemistry and physics to gain an understanding of the significance of experiments, rather than to recall details.
  • Calculator Applications contest includes calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, roots, powers, exponential, logarithms, trigonometric functions and inverse trigonometric functions.
  • Mathematics competition tests knowledge and understanding in the areas of Algebra I and Algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, math analysis, analytic geometry, pre-calculus and elementary calculus.

The competition awards more than $30,000 in scholarships and directly supports programs designed to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM fields. It brings more than $250,000 to the San Antonio economy annually and exposes students from small towns and big cities to a university environment.

For more information, contact Greg Wene, UTSA mathematics professor, at 210-288-0444.

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Established in 1981, TMSCA is an organization formed by Texas math and science teachers to promote excellence in math and science through competition. The organization promotes uniformity in practice meets to prepare students for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Competition.