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Clemson University hosts a series of mathematics competitions for K-12 students - registration deadlines in Dec/Jan

We are excited to announce that during the 2014-2015 academic year Clemson University will host a series of mathematics competitions for K-12 students in an effort to promote enthusiasm and a positive attitude towards mathematics and science in general and to stimulate the students’ interest in continuing their study beyond the high-school years.

AMC 10/12, a 25 question, 75 minute multiple choice examination containing problems which can be understood and solved with algebra and geometry concepts (http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-1012) will be held on February 3 and February 25, 2015 at 6PM. This test serves as primary selection tool for the national math team that represents the US at the International Math Olympiad, the most prestigious precollege math competition. The university will cover the cost of participation. Certificates of achievement and small gifts will be awarded to the top scorers.
Registration can be done at http://www.clemson.edu/ces/physics-astro/outreach/mathcompetitions until January 1, 2015.

Math Kangaroo ( http://mathkangaroo.org ) is an international math competition that presently engages more than 6 million students in grades 1-12 around the world. In the US participation has been increasing exponentially since the early 2000s and we would like to extend this opportunity to students in Upstate SC. The contest is based on a 75 minute multiple choice test, with 24 questions for students up to grade 4 and 30 questions for grades 5 and up. This event will take place on the Clemson campus on March 19, 2014 at 6PM. Every participant receives from the organizers a small gift bag, so the registration must be done individually for each student by parents at http://mathkangaroo.org/mk/registration.html, from September 15 to December 15, 2014. A registration fee of $20 is required. 

Please make all inquiries to Dr. Jason Brown ( brown6@clemson.edu , 864-656-1217), the contest manager. 


 Science on Tap - A casual monthly forum where people come to learn about and discuss recent discoveries in science and technology while having fun.  An expert gives an informal talk for 20 - 30 minutes, followed by Q & A and discussion.  You're invited!  Check the schedule for a detailed schedule and join us!  www.clemson.edu/cafls/sciontap

Upcoming topics:

October 20
Cold Blood in a Warming World, a discussion on how animal species are adapting to their changing environments in a time of climate change
Mike Sears, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University

November 17
Big Data and Medicine, a discussion of how the human genome project is finding genetic causes for diseases and influencing medical decisions
Christina Wells, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University 

December 15
Insights into Autism, a discussion of how defects in mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, may be linked to autism spectrum disorders
Susan Chapman, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University


36th Annual Biology Merit Exam - April, 2015, Clemson University

The Clemson University Department of Biological Sciences conducts the Biology Merit Exam to recognize and promote outstanding achievement in the biological sciences among middle and high school students in South Carolina.  The department also provides laboratory visits and tours around campus to promote interest in the life sciences and a preview of college life. Students attending the Exam at Clemson University will have an opportunity to:

  • Acquaint themselves with Clemson
  • Interact with scientists in the various biological and agricultural disciplines
  • Test their Biology knowledge
  • Prepare for the Advanced Placement Exam
  • Prepare for success on the Biology "End of the Year Exam"
  • Explore a college atmosphere
  • Compete against students at grade levels for awards

For more information see www.clemson.edu/cafls/bme  or contact foulk@clemson.edu, 864/656-4224


Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games

The National Science Foundation has partnered with NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News) to release the “Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games”--the latest installment in the Emmy Award-winning "Science of Sports" series.

This enlightening 10-part video collection, narrated by NBC Sports' Liam McHugh, delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world’s foremost sporting event:
• Physics of slopestyle skiing: Nick Goepper
• Engineering the half pipe: Shaun White
• Engineering competition suits: Shani Davis
• Injury and recovery: Lindsey Vonn
• Science of ice: J.R. Celski, Britanny Bowe, Gracie Gold
• Science of snow: Ted Ligety, Heather McPhie
• Engineering faster and safer bobsleds: Steve Langton, Steve Holcomb
• Alpine skiing and vibration damping: Julia Mancuso, Heath Calhoun
• Figure skating physics: Evan Lysacek, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, Meryl Davis, Charlie White
• Olympic movement and robotic design: Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Julie Chu, Shaun White
The series' diverse topics reveal how key engineering and science concepts and cutting-edge technology play an integral part in each athlete’s respective sport and help maximize their performance at the 2014 Sochi Games. 

Each episode is available cost-free to teachers, students and the public at NBCLearn.com and NSF websites (nsf.gov, Science360). 


Bring your students to the Life Sciences Outreach Center (formerly the SC DNA Learning Center) at Clemson University for a laboratory field trip!

The Clemson University Life Sciences Outreach Center provides hands-on life science laboratories to South Carolina middle and high school students and to the community.  The Center has two state-of-the-art laboratory classrooms and a computer lab that provide fun, hands-on educational experiences to deepen your students' understanding of modern molecular and micro-biology.  Laboratory experiences for elementary students, summer programming, and graduate courses for in-service teachers also available.

  • Seven different lab options available - more coming soon!
  • Two labs (up to 64 students) can run concurrently
  • Classes of 16 or fewer are $200, classes up to 32 students are $300
  • Laboratory field trips are now available year-round

For detailed information or to reserve a laboratory field trip see www.clemson.edu/cafls/culsoc or contact Ginger Foulk: foulk@clemson.edu, 864/656-4224.


BIOL Online - Non-thesis Master's - Clemson University

The Clemson University Department of Biological Sciences is proud to offer an online, non-thesis Master of Biological Sciences designed specifically for K-12 teachers and other science educators interested in biological sciences. This program is fully in a distance-learning format and lectures are available 24/7.   See www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/biosci/graduates/biol_online for details.