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Math, computer science awareness showcase set for Thursday

April 3, 2010 at 8:05 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.

Emily Wagner, a student at St. Paul High School in Shiner, guides a tennis ball with a robot she built during the 2009 Math and Computer Science Awareness Day at the University of Houston-Victoria. This year's event will be Thursday.

Not many 15th anniversaries feature video games, magic, teleportation, math and science contests, and pizza.

But that is exactly what attendees will find at the Math and Computer Science Awareness Day presented from 3 to 6 p.m. April 8 by the University of Houston-Victoria and The Victoria College. The event will be on the UHV campus, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

This year's theme will be "Math and Computers and Sports."

"We want to show high school students just how much they can do with math and computers, and how much fun both can be," said Mel Damodaran, a UHV computer science professor and one of the organizers of the annual event.

The afternoon is expected to bring together at least 100 area high school students to learn more about exciting topics in the fields of math and computer science and to compete for scholarships and other prizes through math and computer science tests.

The top winners will receive VC scholarships. Other prizes, including medals, trophies and certificates, will be awarded to top-performing teams and individuals in different categories.

The video game engine "Unreal Tournament III" will take center stage in one of the breakout sessions students can attend. Alireza Tavakkoli, an UHV assistant professor of computer science, will teach attendees how to build a working teleporter in the game engine's virtual environment.

In the other session, students will learn all about "Magical Mathematical Illusions and Math Puzzles" from Dennis Riedesel, a UHV associate professor of education.

During the awards ceremony, students will hear from keynote speaker Don Brubaker, sports director at the Victoria Television Group.

After all the awards, students will enjoy free pizza.



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