CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Hundreds of young mathematicians traveled to Southern Illinois University to attend the annual Math Field Day on Tuesday, March 28.
The competition comes in the form of a test for high school students from 30 schools all over the Heartland.
Prizes include an academic scholarship for the highest scoring junior who plans to major in a science field. The Partial Tuition Waiver is also offered by the College of Science at SIU, and is valued at up to $4,000 for four years.
"It's a lot like a sport. People who do the math exams, they're just as much into it as football players are or basketball players are," said Kathy Pericak-Spector, professor of mathematics. "They do it for the competition and they just like to expand their mind a little bit more."
The teachers weren't left out. They were treated to a seminar at the SIU Arena.