We will be hosting an in-person BONUS Mathcounts Chapter competition this year. Our annual MATHCOUNTS competition for the Eastern Chapter of KSPE is back! This year’s bonus competition will be on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Like we have done pre-COVID, it will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City (5801 W. 115th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211).
Our bonus competition will advance 4 to 5 teams to the state competition in addition to some advancement opportunities based on a virtual official test. We will be advancing around 20 students to the state competition from this bonus event, so your help in making this in-person event a success would be greatly appreciated.
We need volunteers to help grade, register schools, monitor tests, and help with the awards presentation. Positions are needed for the following times:
Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. If you would like to volunteer for more than one task, please feel free to stick around as much as you like throughout the day.
If you are available and willing to help out with the bonus competition or if you have any questions, please contact Rachel Henkhaus at 913.219.6738 or by email at REHenkhaus@GarverUSA.com.
Future City Competition Judges Needed!
The Great Plains Region of the 2021-2022 Future City Competition will be held on Saturday 1/29/2022 in Manhattan at Anthony Middle School. We are currently in need of Presentation and Q&A judges! This competition is now scheduled as a virtual event.
We are recruiting judges for the deliverables listed below:
City Essay - 58 points – Available to be judged from late December 2021/Early January 2022 to Monday 01/17/2022: Students write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their future city and their solution to this year's challenge: A Waste-Free Future.
City Model Slideshow - 65 points – Available to be judged from late December 2021/Early January 2022 to Monday 01/17/2021: Students build a scale model of their city using recycled materials and including a moving part. Teams may choose to build one model or several segments. Then teams use a provided template to showcase their model via a slideshow.
City Presentation Video - 50 points – Available to be judged from Tuesday 01/18/2022 to Saturday 01/22/2022: Students record an up-to-7-minute video presentation about their future city, discussing its features and their solution to the annual challenge.
City Q&A - 25 points – Competition held on Saturday 01/22/2022: Students answer questions from judges (experts in engineering, technical, and city design fields) during a 10-minute live session.
Register Today via this link: https://dashboard.futurecity.org/judge-registration
2022 BRIDGE BUILDING EVENT
The Eastern Chapter’s 39th Annual Model Bridge Building Contest will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Students in grades 9 through 12 within the Eastern Chapter’s region are eligible to compete in the Model Bridge Contest.
The contest encourages students to get involved in a challenging and fun engineering project. The students each design and construct their own model bridge made entirely of basswood sticks and glue. The model bridges are then loaded to failure to determine the bridge’s structural efficiency (total mass supported divided by the mass of the bridge). The bridge with the highest structural efficiency wins. The first and second place contestants are eligible to win an expense assisted trip to compete at the 2022 International Bridge Building Contest in Pennsylvania.
Volunteers are always needed to assist students with testing of their bridges. If you are interested in helping with the contest, contact Mark Johnston at 816.945.5898 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
KSPE Souper Bowl for Caring
Date: Saturday, February 12th
Stay tuned for registration info!
Don your favorite football team’s jersey and join thousands of people across the nation in the fight against hunger during Souper Bowl Weekend of Caring.
The Volunteer Engagement Center is a vital part of Harvesters’ mission to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow. In this area, volunteers sort and repack food, which assists Harvesters in feeding more than 141,500 people each month.
Volunteer tasks are assigned based on product availability and project prioritization.
Sorting and boxing nonperishable food
Packing fresh produce
Sorting and boxing bread
Repacking ready-to-eat food and bulk products
May include refrigerated or meat products
Please note Harvesters is not accepting volunteers under age 16 due to COVID concerns following requirements:
• Volunteers must be 16 years or older
• Based on current guidance from the CDC, Harvesters has implemented the following mask policy:
◦ All visitors will be required to wear masks when they are visiting us at our Kansas City or Topeka facility.
◦ Everyone is expected to wear the mask in a manner that fully covers your nose and mouth. Masks should not be worn below your nose.
• All volunteers must sign a waiver prior to their volunteer shift.
◦ The volunteer must be able to read, comprehend and attest to the information contained in the waiver independently to satisfy the COVID safety protocol requirement.
• Long pants and close toe shoes are required.
◦ Some activities may require hair nets and other food safety garments