Math Department Hosts KSEA Contest
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University will host a math contest (for 4th-11th grade students) on April 13 sponsored by the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA).
The contest (open to all nationalities) will be held at 1 p.m. in the computer lab at Kinlaw Library on the Asbury campus. The contestants will be divided into groups by grade to take a paper-and-pencil exam of 18 multiple-choice questions and seven short-answer questions. The top four students receive a $50 Visa gift card.
Dr. Duk Lee, professor of mathematics at Asbury, sees two motivations for the contest. On one level, the contest promotes math and science to young students, generating a sense of excitement and accomplishment. Asbury’s collegiate math students benefit as well, however. For two weeks prior to the contest, the Math Department hosts contest prep sessions in which math majors help the younger students on an individual basis.
“Kids love that kind of personal attention from their math major ‘big brothers and sisters,’” said Lee, who serves as chair of the Kentucky chapter of the Mathematical Association of America and as president of the Kentucky chapter of the KSEA. “As a matter of fact, it is special opportunity for our students, too. Not only do they teach, but they learn a lot together. Some of the practice problems on the KSEA Web site are tough for college students, too. We eat pizza, scratch heads and wonder together over problems we’ve never seen before — but then we all learn different solving techniques, different ways of thinking, new ways of communicating, and become smarter.”