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JU’s 22nd-Annual SME Day–March 29, 2012!

Jacksonville University is pleased to announce the 22nd-annual Science, Mathematics and Engineering Day on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Reserve space for your students today – there are scholarships and bragging rights at stake! There is no cost to schools or students, but registration is required.

Competitions will involve the disciplines: BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, ENGINEERING, MARINE SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER PROGRAMMING.

We’ll have CLASSIC COMPETITIONS in chemistry and engineering, as well as new interdisciplinary elements, such as the BRAIN BRAWL. The CHEMATHON, sponsored by the Jacksonville section of the American Chemical Society, will again be a part of this year’s team chemistry competition.

Registration OPENS February 10th
Registration CLOSES March 15th

Since only one teacher registration form in each discipline (Chemistry allows two) can be accepted per school, please coordinate your student selection process with other science teachers at your school. There is a place on the form to indicate additional teachers/adults attending as chaperones. A given student may only participate in one event. After registering your team, please ask each participating student to complete the online student registration form, again before THURSDAY, MARCH 15. The sponsoring teacher need not personally attend the competition, but at least one teacher from each school must be present the entire day to supervise students.

A PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES:

 7:30 – 8:15 a.m.  Arrival / Check-In
 8:15 – 8:50 a.m.  Welcome and Orientation (light breakfast will be provided)
 9 – 11:50 a.m.  Individual and Team Competitions
 Noon – 1 p.m.  Lunch
 1 – 1:30 p.m.  Presentation of the Winners
 1:30 p.m.  Dismissal

Lunch will be provided. A detailed schedule of events will be provided on the day of the competition.

ALL DISCIPLINES—BRAIN BRAWL
Teams will compete in a quiz-show type tournament to answer questions from all areas of science. The members of the winning team will be honored at the awards presentation.

CHEMISTRY
The competition in chemistry is divided into two parts. Individual student will compete in a quiz-show type tournament first. To allow for differences in curricula among different schools, a wide range of topics will be included in the competetion. No student is expected to be able to answer all the questions. In the second phase, students from each school will operate as a team competing against other teams. The object is to encourage the students to work together as a unit to pool their knowledge and skills concerning a given problem. More details about the activity depends is described on the web site.

ENGINEERING
The competition in engineering is divided into two parts, beginning with students taking a 50-minute, multiple-choice examination in the discipline for which he/she is registered. To allow for differences in curricula among different schools, a wide range of topics will be included on the exams. No student is expected to be able to answer all the questions. In the second phase, students registered for a particular discipline from each school will operate as a team competing against other teams. The object is to encourage the students to work together as a unit to pool their knowledge and skills concerning a given problem. The exact nature of the activity depends on the discipline and is described in more detail on the web site.

PHYSICS
The Physics competition will consist of a team activity involving the construction, testing, simulating, and launching of a model rocket. Rankings will be assigned based on each team's match between predicted rocket altitude (as determined by the rocket tests and computer simulation) and the measured rocket altitude (as measured during flight). Therefore, rocket stability and measurement accuracy will be of great importance! We encourage students to peruse NASA's Beginner's Guide to Rockets (including its various links) in preparation and to bring calculators to the competition.

MARINE SCIENCE

Teams of 4 students will compete in a laboratory based activity that involves skills used by students and professionals in the field of marine science.  All materials will be provided.

BIOLOGY, MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE -- PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED INFORMATION
Providing a unique challenge, students will spend the entire competition working in teams of three to solve a problem that involves biology, mathematics and computer programming. During three sessions students will work to solve the various components of the problem. Teams should be formed with students who have a background in biology, strong programming skills and strong mathematical skills; individual students do not need to be skilled in all areas, but each team should have all three areas represented. The team with the most successful completion of the three-part problem will be honored at the awards presentation.

Subject Area(s) Grade level Requirements 
(completed or currently enrolled)
Description of Activity
Chemistry Freshman – Senior Standard HS Chemistry Scholarship test & Team Laboratory Competition
Chemistry AP Junior – Senior AP Chemistry Scholarship test & Team Laboratory competition
Engineering Junior – Senior HS Engineering Scholarship test & Team competition
Physics Junior – Senior HS Physics Team activity
Marine Science​ Sophomore-Senior​ Biology​ Team activity​
Interdisciplinary: any and all science fields Freshman – Junior 4-person team Brain Brawl competition
Interdisciplinary: Mathematics, Computer Programming & Biology Freshman – Senior 3-person team with ALL THREE disciplines represented Three-part interdisciplinary problem

Winning teams will be presented with a trophy to take back to their school.
 
ALL members of the 1st place teams in each competition will receive a $2500 scholarship to Jacksonville University.
 
 
 
Registration OPENS February 10th
Registration CLOSES March 15th

If you experience difficulty registering or have questions, call 256-7300 or email lclemen@ju.edu.