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Math Field Day
  February 21, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

Some 600 high school students from throughout Central California will match wits at the 35th annual Math Field Day on Saturday, March 11, at California State University, Bakersfield. The students will compete in a number of events designed to challenge individuals and teams in tests of mathematical skills.

High schools are sending teams from as far away as Tulare and Fresno counties to compete in several different events, said CSUB mathematics professor David Gove, who is coordinating the event. Ninth to 12th grade students will demonstrate their knowledge of mathematical concepts in the various contests.

Events in the competition include Chalk Talk, Individual and Team Medleys, Math Bowl, and a Computer Contest.

  • Chalk Talk requires students to prepare a 5- to 10-minute chalkboard presentation of a mathematical topic not commonly presented in the high school curriculum.
  • Individual Medley is a timed, written multiple-choice test of mathematical skills.
  • The Team Medley, modeled after the Individual Medley, requires teams of three students to solve 10 to 12 more challenging problems.
  • Math Bowl is an exciting and fast-moving event in which four-person teams try to beat their opponents in solving math problems.
Students are not allowed to use calculators in these events. There will be Math Bowl, Team Medley, and Individual Medley contests for juniors and seniors (varsity) and for freshmen and sophomores (junior varsity).

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Doré Theatre. Individual and team medley events will be held in classrooms in Dorothy Donahoe Hall, the Science Buildings and in the Business Development Center. The Math Bowl and awards ceremony in the Doré Theater will conclude the program. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, please call the CSUB Mathematics Department at (661) 654-3151.