KU News Release

March 29, 2011
Contact: Kerrie Brecheisen, Department of Mathematics, 785-864-3651

KU plans activities in conjunction with national Math Awareness Month

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LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will host several mathematics workshops in April in conjunction with national Math Awareness Month. Unraveling Complex Systems is this year’s theme.

More than 300 elementary, junior high and high school students will head to the KU campus to participate in a math competition Saturday, April 2, in 406 Snow Hall. Participants will tackle mathematical solutions to complex questions such as, How do epidemics spread? How do birds flock? How do stock markets operate? Prizes will be awarded to the top students in four categories: 3rd-4th grade, 5th-6th grade, junior high (7th-9th grade) and senior high (10th-12th grade).

Two campus workshops for sixth graders from two Lawrence elementary schools, Hillcrest and Schwegler, will demonstrate how math is used in daily lives. The workshops will be from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. April 6 and 13 in 306 Snow Hall.

Math Awareness Month activities will focus on complex systems from natural entities such as living cells, insect colonies and whole ecosystems to man-made inventions like power grids, transportation networks and the World Wide Web. The students will learn that deciphering the mathematics behind such systems can unravel well-structured networks and discernible patterns in natural and artificial structures.

Area schools planning to participate in the math competition are listed below.

Baldwin Junior HighBaldwin City
Marion Springs ElementaryBaldwin City
Clark Middle SchoolBonner Springs
Eudora ElementaryEudora
Congress Middle School Kansas City, MO
Northgate Middle School Kansas City, MO
Pembroke Hill School Kansas City, MO
South Valley Jr. High Kansas City, MO
St. Paul's Episcopal Kansas City, MO
Bishop Seabury AcademyLawrence
Broken Arrow ElementaryLawrence
Cordley ElementaryLawrence
Cottonwood ElementaryLawrence
Langston Hughes ElementaryLawrence
Lawrence High SchoolLawrence
New York ElementaryLawrence
Prairie Park Elementary SchoolLawrence
Quail RunLawrence
Raintree MontessoriLawrence
Schwegler ElementaryLawrence
Southwest Jr. HighLawrence
St. John'sLawrence
Sunset HillLawrence
West Jr. HighLawrence
Woodlawn ElementaryLawrence
Leawood ElementaryLeawood
Leawood Middle schoolLeawood
Prairie Star ElementaryLeawood
Prairie Star Middle SchoolLeawood
Sunflower ElementaryLenexa
Brougham ElementaryOlathe
California Trail Jr. HighOlathe
Chisolm Trail Junior HighOlathe
Green Springs ElementaryOlathe
Meadow Lane ElementaryOlathe
Olathe Northwest High SchoolOlathe
Pioneer Trail Jr. HighOlathe
Prairie Trail Jr. HighOlathe
Regency Place ElementaryOlathe
Bentwood ElementaryOverland Park
Blue River ElementaryOverland Park
Blue Valley NorthwestOverland Park
Blue Valley WestOverland Park
BriarwoodOverland Park
Cedar Hills ElementaryOverland Park
Cottonwood Point ElementaryOverland Park
Harmony Elementary SchoolOverland Park
Harmony Middle SchoolOverland Park
Heartland ElementaryOverland Park
Indian Valley ElementaryOverland Park
Lakewood ElementaryOverland Park
Lakewood Middle SchoolOverland Park
Morse ElementaryOverland Park
Oak Hill ElementaryOverland Park
Overland Trail Elementary SchoolOverland Park
Overland Trail MiddleOverland Park
Oxford Middle SchoolOverland Park
Pleasant Ridge ElementaryOverland Park
Pleasant Ridge Middle SchoolOverland Park
Rising Star ElementaryOverland Park
Sunrise Point ElementaryOverland Park
Sunset Ridge ElementaryOverland Park
Timber Creek ElementaryOverland Park
Valley Park ElementaryOverland Park
Westridge Jr. HighOverland Park
Christa McAuliffe ElementaryShawnee Mission
Mill Creek ElementaryShawnee Mission
Shawnee Mission NW High SchoolShawnee Mission
Stanley ElementaryShawnee Mission
Trail Ridge Middle SchoolShawnee Mission
Blue Valley High SchoolStilwell
Blue Valley Middle SchoolStilwell
Tonganoxie ElementaryTonganoxie
Farley ElementaryTopeka
Jay ShidelerTopeka
Topeka CollegiateTopeka
Topeka High SchoolTopeka
Wanamaker ElementaryTopeka
Washburn Rural Middle SchoolTopeka
Wellsville ElementaryWellsville

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