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Students from the area will compete in the TEAMS event Feb. 16 at STLCC-Florissant Valley.

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley to host TEAMS competition

Students from the area will compete in the TEAMS event Feb. 16 at STLCC-Florissant Valley.

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will serve as the host site of the 2018 Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) competition on Friday, Feb. 16.

TEAMS is an annual, one-day science, technology, engineering and math competition for middle and high school students. It’s designed to help students discover their potential for engineering by challenging them to work collaboratively, and to apply their knowledge of math and science in practical, creative ways.

TEAMS competition begins at 9 a.m. in the STLCC-Florissant Valley Student Center Multipurpose Room. The campus has hosted the competition for 25 years, since 1993.

This year’s event is based on the theme “Engineering a Greener World.” Students will explore durability of materials, economics of green engineering, efficiency of solar power, global health, green energy basics, green building practices, insects and climate change, and reducing light pollution.

“We currently have 20 teams from six area high schools and each team typically has eight students,” said Steve Ehlen, engineering technology instructor at STLCC-Florissant Valley.

Participating high schools include Carbondale Community, Clayton, MICDS, Parkway West, St. Louis Priory and St. Louis University.

The competition involves two parts: Part 1 is a multiple choice test focused on eight engineering scenarios; Part 2 is a design-build challenge. An awards ceremony will follow the event, beginning at 1 p.m. Awards are presented based on students’ scores. The awards ceremony is open to the public.

According to the TEAMS website, by participating in the program, students increase their knowledge of engineering, feel more confident about engineering activities and increase their ability to work with others to solve complex problems.

Approximately 10,000 students in grades 9-12 will compete at TEAMS events across the country between Feb. 12 and March 18 at 125 competition sites, in partnership with high school educators, colleges and universities, corporations and professional organizations. The TEAMS national competition is June 22 – June 26, 2018 at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, during the Technology Student Association national conference.