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Blue Waves cross country team sweeps the competition at Eagle Claw Cross Country Invitational
Courtesy of LeAnn Alexander

Courtesy of LeAnn Alexander

COLUMBUS, Mississippi — Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science boys cross country team has brought home another first place trophy this season. 

Competing against six teams at the Eagle Claw Cross Country Invitational in Eupora, MSMS won by a solid leading of 38 points with a 20:38 average time while Amory High School took second place with 64 points and a 22:07 average time.

Bryce Harrison led the team, earning first place and setting a personal record at 18:00. Luke Bowles was the next to cross the finish line for the Blue Waves in second place (18:48), followed by Cameron Wright in fourth (personal record 19:54), Matthew Dunn in 13th (22:19), Elijah Dosda in 18th (23:27) and Max Grossman in 40th (personal record 29:11). 

Although the girls team did not have enough runners to place, Linda Arnoldus placed fourth and set a personal record at 27:29, followed by Skylar Nichols in 15th (32:07) and Fiona Dawes in 16th (personal record 32:20).

“We are thrilled to have another great team performance as well as come home with five personal records and a first place trophy,” Coach Brian Burnes said. 

Next week, the team will compete in the Itawamba Invitational in Manatachie on Oct. 19, before the Clinton State Meet on Nov. 4. 

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MSMS chemistry and biology teacher selected as Research Teacher Captain
Courtesy of Jessica Yurinko Photography

Courtesy of Jessica Yurinko Photography

COLUMBUS, Mississippi — Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science teacher Tina Gibson was selected to serve as a Research Teacher Captain at this year’s Society for Science & the Public’s High School Research Teachers Conference.

During the 3-day conference in Washington D.C., 200 science research teachers from across the nation met to discuss their teaching practices, troubleshoot any challenges they face in independent science research and learn more about the Society and the Regeneron Science Talent Search. 

As a Research Teacher Captain, Gibson used her expertise in guiding students in research methods and techniques to assist other teachers who attended the conference. Although this year’s conference has come to a close, she will continue to serve as a resource for her fellow teachers in the community and the district. 

To learn more about the Gibson’s role as Research Teacher Captain, visit societyforscience.org/content/ssp-blog/who-are-research-teacher-captains.

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Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science to host exhibits at third annual Energy Awareness Day
Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students hosted educational exhibits at the 2018 Energy Awareness Day. This year, guests will find MSMS students conducting various experiments related to chemical, mechanical and electrical energy at Energy Awareness Day.

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students hosted educational exhibits at the 2018 Energy Awareness Day. This year, guests will find MSMS students conducting various experiments related to chemical, mechanical and electrical energy at Energy Awareness Day.

COLUMBUS, Mississippi —The Mississippi Development Authority’s Energy and Natural Resources Division has invited students from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science to host educational exhibits at this year’s Energy Awareness Day. 

Since 2017, this event has given over 1,000 students and educators in the Jackson metro area the opportunity to learn more about careers in the energy sector as well as how energy and natural resources impact everyday life. This year, the event is set to take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 3 at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum. 

This is the third year in a row MSMS has sponsored one of the exhibits at the event. At the MSMS exhibit, guests will find students conducting various experiments related to chemical, mechanical and electrical energy. These experiments are not only designed to capture students’ attention but also help stimulate an increased interest in science. In addition, MSMS students will run the “Fun Tent,” which offers a handful of interactive energy games and associated prizes. 

Energy Awareness Day is a great opportunity for Mississippi students to gain exposure to energy education in a fun and engaging setting. This partnership between the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science represents a natural extension of MSMS’s own science carnival and builds on the school’s mission to build a bridge between classroom STEM education and Mississippi’s workforce needs in these critical areas.

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Blue Waves cross country team faces difficult meet in Saltillo
Courtesy of MSMS cross country team

Courtesy of MSMS cross country team

COLUMBUS, Mississippi — The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science cross country team raced with over 1000 other runners at the Saltillo XC Invitational on Sept. 21.

The team set a number of records but took home no awards. Luke Bowles placed 9th and set a personal record with 18:18. The following students also set a personal record: Chandler Bryant (19:38), Matthew Dunn (22:03), Niyah Troup (30:16) and Chloe Jackson (30:43).

"Our top six runners all ran their best,” Bowles said. “You can't get any better than that.”

Season Bests were Bryce Harrison, who placed 6th at 18:04, Colby Brown with 20:35 and Cameron Wright with 21:23.

"With this being the meet with the most hills and turns, I think we did really well,” Dunn said.

The cross country team’s next meet is set for 8 a.m. in Pontotoc on Sept. 28. To see a complete list of upcoming meets, click here.

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MSMS students test homemade egg launchers
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COLUMBUS, Mississippi — Applying concepts they learned in the classroom, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students worked in groups to design and build their very own egg launchers. 

As part of the rubric, students were not only required to create an egg launcher that would effectively shoot an egg high enough in the air but also ensure the egg would land safely. The purpose behind this college-level challenge is to help students understand the engineering design process, which is a specific set of steps engineers use to organize their ideas and refine potential solutions to engineering challenges. 

“Throughout these past few weeks, I have been telling them to fail early and fail often, rather than just fail once and late,” engineering teacher Danielle Danielle Grimes said. “This way, they have plenty of time to make adjustments because it’s not about getting it perfect the first time or even the second time. Ultimately, it’s about problem solving.”

Beyond integrating equations into the design of the egg launcher, Grimes stressed the importance of challenging her students’ creativity as well. 

“People neglect how important creativity can be in a design process because they always see it as a math and science problem,” Grimes said. “There is also a huge design process that goes into it, and these students could make anything they want as long as it fulfills the task requirements.”  

In one of the groups, junior Zach Medlin and his teammates designed a ramp with a sled to launch their egg.  Although the group experienced several trial and errors before they came up with their final design, Medlin said it has been a fun, rewarding experience. 

“It is unlike anything I have ever experienced at my old school,” Medlin said. “I have worked on similar problems in other math classes before, but we never used what we learned to build a real project like we did here.”

 

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