AC Tops McQuaid (Again) in Collaborative TEAM+S Competition

Posted on March 29th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

by Elizabeth Cotter ’20

On March 9th, I was a member of a team of six Allendale Columbia students, with Riley Leibeck ’20, Mary Cotter ’22, Sasha Furdey ’19, Nate Pifer ’19, and Cassidy Draper ’19, who competed in the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAM+S) competition, claiming victory over McQuaid.

The TEAM+S competition encourages students to explore the field of engineering through problem solving and collaboration with their teammates. The theme for the competition this year was The Engineering Brain. We had to learn about cognitive neuroscience, artificial neural networks, the intersection of artificial intelligence and biology, and more.

Before the competition, our team wrote an essay responding to the prompt: Your task is to imagine the application or implementation of artificial intelligence toward a product and to predict the future effects of its use on both individuals and society. We wrote about artificial intelligence and its application in predicting stock market trends.

The enormous amount of continuous data from the stock market makes it a perfect candidate for analysis by artificial intelligence (AI). These algorithms show users the best time to buy or sell based on trends and patterns the AI has detected from collected data. The latest implementations of these algorithms make use of “unstructured” data like text, audio, or images. While this technology is very powerful, research shows that human intuition coupled with the computing power of AI will yield the most accurate predictions of the stock market.

On the day of the competition, we worked together on a 90-minute, 80-question multiple choice test. The topics of the questions were centered around the theme and required us to divide the questions based on individual strengths in math, biology, technology, and creative problem-solving. Then we completed the engineering challenge in which we had to design a device from assorted materials (plastic spoons, clothespins, paper clips, and string) to lift a teddy bear out of a recycling bin and on to a table.

This competition was very challenging and was a fun way to explore the field of engineering.


Elizabeth Cotter

Elizabeth Cotter

Liza Cotter '20 was the captain of Allendale Columbia's TEAM+S team for the 2019 competition. She also is the Vice President for the Upper School Student Government, and a member of the ACHax club. She runs cross country, swims, and runs track for HAC and does triathlons during the summer. In her free time she likes to watch "The Great British Baking Show" while petting her cats. In the future she hopes to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.
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