College Q&A: Teachers can register students for free math, computer science day

By Katy Walterscheidt
March 23, 2013 at midnight
Updated March 22, 2013 at 10:23 p.m.

I'm an area teacher and heard about the University of Houston-Victoria/Victoria College Math & Computer Science Awareness Day. How can I sign up my students for this event, and how much does it cost?

The UHV/VC Math & Computer Science Awareness Day is a unique opportunity for high school students to use their skills in various competitions and meet other students and area professionals.

The event is April 9 on the UHV and Victoria College campuses, starting in the Multi-Purpose Room of the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The deadline to register teams is Friday.

The UHV/VC Math & Computer Science Awareness Day is free to participants, thanks to a generous grant from Alcoa Foundation.

Teams are comprised of up to four students. High school teachers can bring more than one team, and each team can have students from any grade level on it. Teachers can register teams at

During the event, student teams can compete in up to two of the three competitions - math, computer science and a game show.

The math and computer science tests assess the critical thinking skills of the students, while the game show gives teams the opportunity to showcase the knowledge of their members in a fun setting.

Other activities during the day include a panel of Alcoa employees who will discuss real-world engineering situations, demonstrations such as one from high school students participating in a yearlong robotics and simulations research course, lunch and an awards ceremony.

The top-scoring teams in the math and computer science tests will receive trophies and certificates. Top-scoring individuals will receive either a laptop, iPad or electrical engineering kit. Game show winners will each win a robotics kit.

The event coincides with April's national Math Awareness Month and Robotics Awareness Month. This year's theme is "Mathematics of Sustainability."

For more information, visit or contact Alireza Tavakkoli, UHV assistant professor of computer science and organizer of the event, at 361-570-4204 or

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Katy Walterscheidt, UHV communications specialist, at 361- 570-4342 or at



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