Local middle school students had a chance to test their knowledge in math and science last week. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Central Methodist University Chemistry Professor Dr. Tiger Gordon:

Tiger Gordon

Press Release from Central Methodist University

Fayette, Mo. – Ninety students from across the region met at Central Methodist University last week to learn, compete, and have fun at CMU’s annual Math-Science Contest for middle school students.

In the end, three-student teams from Chillicothe (grates 6-8) and Carrollton (grades 4-5) won first prize awards in their age groups, according to event coordinator Dr. James “Tiger” Gordon, CMU professor of chemistry and division chair.

The three-member teams engaged in two categories of competition on Thursday (Oct. 13), with the highest combined score in the categories earning top honors, Gordon said.

First the students engaged in a math- and science-related contest that Gordon describes as “a Jeopardy-like competition.” Next, each team attempted to build, using the same materials, a device with balloons that when dropped two stories inside CMU’s Student and Community Center would prevent an attached raw egg from breaking.

The first place team in the Grade 6-8 contest was the team of Wagner Chapman, Jared Coleman, and Matt Huff from Chillicothe. Moberly Middle School students Danielle Beck, Ryan Field and Taylor Gingerich were second. Chillicothe also had the third place team, Detri Carden, Claire Chapman and Marissa Surber.

In the Grade 4-5 contest, the Carrollton team of Ethan Bartlett, Hayden Ritchhart and Nathaniel Tully gained first place. Their Carrollton schoolmates Shelby Belmore, Emilie Dobbis and Gabriel Frank took second. Reagan McFatrich, Alexis Reuter, and Chloe Schlotzhauer from Pilot Grove placed third.

Founded in 1854, Central Methodist programs range from undergraduate and graduate studies to high-school dual credit offerings. Serving more than 5,000 students on its historic main campus in Fayette, through collaborative programs at locations across Missouri, and online, the CMU mission emphasizes academic and professional excellence, ethical leadership, and social responsibility.