On March 15th, eight Allendale Columbia middle school students competed in the local TEAMS competition sponsored by the Monroe Professional Engineer Society at Monroe Community College. The TEAMS program is an annual STEM competition challenging middle and high school students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real everyday engineering challenges. Working in a team, students completed 40 multiple choice questions in 60-minutes, as well as completed short essays explaining their ideas of engineering solutions based on scenarios presented to them that day.
Based on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges, this year’s competition theme is “Engineering Tomorrow’s Cities – Improving Urban Infrastructure.” These one-day competitions are taking place at over one hundred locations nationwide between February 10 and March 22, 2014. Involving more than 10,000 students, schools and groups compete vying for competition day, division, and state rankings and awards.
AC’s middle school team: J.T. Coupal, James Bourtis, Danielle Fuller, Aditi Seshadri, Anjana Seshadri, Gio Marino, James Morrell, and Rotsirohawi Galban scored thirty-five out of forty possible points, earning top honors at this year’s local competition. This score, along with their short answer responses will be sent on to the state level to be judged and considered for national recognition.
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