JETS/ TEAMS
JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) is a partner of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), sited next to NSPE's Alexandria, VA headquarters. From the JETS website (www.jets.org): JETS was established in 1950 at Michigan State University and was incorporated in 1957. It moved from Michigan to New York City in 1961, and then, in 1986, to its current home in Alexandria, Virginia. JETS was one of the first national organizations dedicated to informing students about the role of engineering in our lives. Today, JETS remains a prominent force within pre-college education with a focused, long-term, and comprehensive initiative for encouraging students to consider careers in engineering." Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) is very active in this area, with regional competition at The University of Akron annually in February. Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) is a JETS program. From the JETS TEAMS website (www.jets.org/teams/): TEAMS is a one day, two-part national competition challenging high school students in grades 9-12 to work together as a team to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world engineering scenarios. Competitions are held on college and university campuses across the country in February and March and inspire creativity, team-work, critical thinking, and peer-to-peer cooperation. The 2008 competition theme is "Behind the Scenes: Engineering Athletic Events," with all questions focusing on the engineering involved in pulling off a large scale athletic event such as the World Cup, Super Bowl, or Olympic Games. TEAMS answers that age old question, "when will I ever use this?" by showing how math and science applications affect our everyday lives. COMPETITION FORMAT TEAMS is a two-part, timed competition taken all in one day. Part I is 90 minutes and consists of 80 multiple choice questions centered around 8 themes, all related to engineering athletic events. Part II is also 90 minutes and consists of short answer/essay questions that are extensions of 4 of the Part I themes. Students work together in teams of 4-8 people, and because TEAMS has an open-note, open-book, open-discussion format, students are able to really work together in ways they usually cannot. RANKING AND AWARDS TEAMS offers local, state, and national awards and recognition. Local awards are done individually by each host site while state and national rankings and awards are compiled by JETS. State rankings are based only on the Part I score. Those whose Part I scores qualify for national ranking will then be ranked nationally based on the Part II score. Like in future engineering course work and real world career tasks, in order to do well, teams must be able to answer multiple choice AND essay questions. NOT YOUR ORDINARY COMPETITION TEAMS is not a straight math competition. TEAMS involves mathematical understanding and science reasoning, as well as creativity and analytical and writing skills, much like the work of real engineers! Bring learning to life and experience TEAMS 2008!"