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UGA to host second TEAMS competition for high school students Feb. 17

UGA to host second TEAMS competition for high school students Feb. 17

Athens, Ga. – High school students from across Georgia will have an opportunity to participate in a unique learning experience when the University of Georgia hosts its second annual Junior Engineering Technical Society’s TEAMS competition on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the Driftmier Engineering Center. TEAMS is the acronym for Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics and Science.

The TEAMS competition brings math and science to life for students, fostering creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and problem solving, said John Mativo, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s department of workforce education, leadership and social foundations; and a member of the UGA Faculty of Engineering.

Mativo will be working with both Chi Thai, an associate professor in the department of biological and agricultural engineering, and Nancy Vandergrift, program coordinator in the UGA office of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

The one-day competition will feature high school students (grades 9-12) participating in teams of four to eight members, using real-world applications of math and science to solve some of today’s greatest engineering challenges. The TEAMS 2010 theme is “Water, Water, Everywhere.”There are two parts: a 90-minute, 80 multiple choice question session and a 90-minute, open-ended, four-question session.

“This theme is based on the fact that more than 900 million people in the world don’t have access to clean water,” Mativo said. “Who will solve this problem?Your STUDENTS… as engineers!”

The competition benefits students by showing them why math and science matter in the real world. Its academic rigor challenges students with new academic topics and presents new ideas. In addition, participants get inside information about college scholarship and could win great prizes, Mativo said.

A total of 64 students from the following schools will compete at UGA: Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology; Academy of Richmond County; Cross Creek High School; Hephzibah High School; and Grayson High School.

More than 14,000 students across the country participate annually in TEAMS competitions. Questions are aligned with national education standards. UGA is one of three sites hosting the competition in Georgia. Other sites are the Atlanta University Center and Savannah State University.

Northrop Grumman, a leading global security company providing aerospace and information systems worldwide, will sponsor the TEAMS competition at UGA.