Sycamore High School students placed first overall at the Technology Student Association’s Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) Competition at the University of Cincinnati.
The senior team consisting of Aaron Charnay, Benjamin Charnay, Justin Banke, Joshua Glauser, Patrick Tosh, Supriya Malla, Laura Setser, and Isabelle Augustin ranked first in Division 9 and first overall. The team was awarded a $5,000 scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Representing the junior class were Jenna Bao, Jodie Lawson, Matthew Schwartz, Yvanna Reyes, Harsimran Makkad, Matthew Isakson, Max Snyder, and David Godar. The group placed second in Division 9 and third overall. The junior team also received a $5,000 scholarship to UC.
Using math, science, and 21st century learning skills, the students worked together to problem solve real life engineering challenges. The groups were asked to identify a renewable energy source and propose a solution to the problem ahead of the competition on February 28. Both chose to research and write an essay about wind energy.
On the day of the competition, students had 90 minutes to collaboratively complete an 80-question multiple choice test centered around the TEAMS theme of “Engineering the Environment.”
They were also challenged with designing and creating robotic hands to lift and move a water bottle. They had over an hour to complete the project with only the materials provided. The creations were then judged on the speed and accuracy of the task.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) holds similar competitions across the country. The three highest scoring teams from each state will advance to the national TEAMS Competition during the TSA National Conference June 21 in Orlando, Florida. Both teams from Sycamore High School could qualify for the event. TSA will announce the “Best In State” awards in early May.