Thursday, February 23, 2012

Math & Engineering Awards!

It's been quite a week for the math and science programs at the MHA!  Earlier this week we received news that the Engineering Club from our Boys High School, under the direction of Mr. Dana Vaughn, took first place in the small school division at the Junior Engineering Technical Society’s (TSA) Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) Competition held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Here's a description of the competition from the UALR website,

This event is designed to teach team development skills through students’ participation as a group in an engineering problem competition. Competition problems cover mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, visual interpretation, computer applications, and reading analysis and interpretation.
TEAMS presents the multidisciplinary aspects of engineering work by illustrating how the math and science concepts students are learning work together and are applied to solve real-world problems.
Our high school boys are the only ones excelling in math, though.  Just yesterday, our school was the daily winner in the statewide Sumdog Math Contest with a whopping 784 points (compared to 328 for the 2nd place school).  Points are given for the average number of correct math problems completed by students in the school.  Five of yesterday's top ten scoring individual students were also Academy students, with 6th grader Yonah Frieden leading the way.  While we're only ranked fifth for today's contest (the contest runs the entire week with a daily winner announced each day), we are still sitting comfortably on top of the leader-board for the week.  Let's go MHA!

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