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FISD Students Advance to State Competition Math/Science contest held in San Antonio April 16 (March 2005)

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for State competition:

6th grade
Christina Fu - Calculator and Science
Alex Carrillo - Science
Alex Masucci - Science
Daniel Kaufman - Science
Max McCord - Math
Madeline Cline - Science
Ganesh Sanekommu -Number Sense, Math, and Science
Robert Li - Science

7th grade
Praveen Sevugan - Number Sense, Math, and Science
Chris Kaufman - Calculator and Science
Paul Ho - Calculator and Science

8th grade
Andrew Hsu - Math
Nancy Yuan - Number sense, Calculator, Math, Science

Pioneer Heritage
7th Grade
John Sarmiento - Science
David Schwartz - Science
Tiffini Mungia - Science

6th Grade
Sion Lord – Science

7th Grade
Michael Carroll – Calculator and Science
Frank DePaolo – Science

8th Grade
James Cheng – Calculator, Math and Science
David Larson – Science
Cameron Petty – Calculator and Science
Mindy Stroud – Calculator

6th Grade
Min Ji Kim - Number Sense, Math, and Science
Shiping Xie - Calculator, Math and Science
Thamir Mousa - Science
Eric Womboldt - Science

7th Grade
Joshua Womboldt - Science

8th Grade
Dakoby Frazier - Mathematics and Science

The following is an explanation of the contests:

Number Sense test
The number sense test is a 10 minute test in which students attempt to solve as many of the 80 questions as they can mentally without skipping questions. This test measures the student’s abilities to solve problems in the following areas.
Addition and subtraction of whole numbers, decimals, integers, and fractions
Multiplication and division of 2 and 3 digit numbers
Multiplication and division of fractions
Converting between fractions, decimals, and percents
Converting common measurements
Applying number concepts such as divisibility rules, GCF/LCM, greater than/less than, sets and subsets, and bases
Finding means and medians, and geometric means
Finding perimeter, area, circumference, surface areas, and volumes
Solving proportions, finding percents of numbers, solving 2 step equations
Finding slopes of lines, multiplication of binomials, and using trig ratios

Calculator Test
The calculator test is a 30 minute test in which students attempt to solve as many of the 80 questions as possible using a calculator and writing their answers with 3 significant digits. This test measures the students abilities in two areas: understanding the keys and their function on a calculator and solving 22 stated and geometry questions.

Keys on the calculator
Basic keys – add, subtract, multiply, divide, x squared, square root, x to the y power, and x to the root of y, Pi, 1 over x key, factorial key, sin, cos, and tan keys, log keys, natural e key and 10 to the x key
Students learn how to solve a wide variety of stated and geometry questions
Slopes, distance between points, and algebraic relationships
Application problems of percents with discount, tax, or commissions and simple or compound interest problems
Solving problems using the Pythagorean Theorem, Similar Figures, and simple to complex geometry problems including finding areas of equilateral and scalene triangles and regular polygons, using right triangle trig ratios, and volumes of solids

Math Test
The Math test is a 40 minute test in which students try to solve as many of the 50 questions that they can. This test contains questions ranging in difficulty from a 5th grade level math TEKS to high school geometry. Students are allowed to work out problems on scratch paper but may not use a calculator.

Science Test
The Science test is a 40 minute test in which students try to solve as many of the 50 questions as they can. This test contains questions from Middle School level Science TEKS.