April 12, 2011 12:00AM
More than 1,000 high school students from dozens of area schools kept the campus buzzing Tuesday for the 43rd annual Math Relays. The students tested their skills on a wide range of mathematical subjects including algebraic equations and word problems, geometry, trigonometry, programming, number theory, logic and set theory and analysis.
Terry Ann Martin, a member of the PSU Department of Mathematics faculty and event coordinator, said the yearly event is a lot of work to stage, but well worth the effort.
"It's a good thing to do with area schools," Martin said. "It not only encourages the students' interest in math, but it also gives them a chance to visit the campus and see everything Pittsburg State has to offer."
Math Department Chairman Tim Flood said he enjoyed seeing former participants who are now teachers themselves bring their students to the Math Relays.
"When President (Steve) Scott addressed the students this morning, he told them he had participated in Math Relays when he was in high school," Flood said. "I participated in Math Relays when I was in high school, as well. It is nice to see new generations of students and potential Pitt State graduates come to this event."
President Scott said he used the opportunity to address the students to make his own personal appeal for them to consider Pittsburg State when they graduate.
"I told them to imagine themselves as Pittsburg State students," the president said. "I'm confident that an experience like this gets some students thinking about Pittsburg State who had not considered us before."