Scottsdale Community College to host high school math, science fair

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More than 300 students from 16 Valley high schools are expected to visit Scottsdale Community College Thursday, Jan. 14, to participate in the 20th annual Math-Science Field Day.

Coordinated by the SCC’s math and science division, the event brings together students to celebrate math and science knowledge and provides them with opportunities to earn modest scholarships and gift prizes by participating in math and science competitions, according to a press release.

“Throughout the history of this event we’ve been able to show the students how much fun science and math can be,” stated Patricia Dueck, a coordinator of the event, in the release. “It’s really an opportunity for them to be around other students who love math and science and learn how advanced math and science skills can lead to rewarding careers.”

The field day also provides high school teachers with resources, support and opportunities to build relationships with SCC instructors.

Upon arrival, students will be treated to a science and math fair in Two Waters Circle. The fair will feature exhibits staffed by SCC instructors representing programs such as physics, geology, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. Displays and demonstrations include robotics, chemistry experiments, wildlife exhibits and forensics.

Following lunch, students will gather in the school’s Performing Arts Center to participate in or observe science and math competitions among school teams. This year’s project competition will feature air cannon rockets. The day will end following a team Q&A competition.

Top finishers will take home modest scholarships and gift cards as will students who score highest on competency exams given earlier in the day, the release stated.

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