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STLCC-Florissant Valley to host National High School Engineering Competition

February 10, 2011

In an effort to cultivate an appreciation for math and science, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will join 63 other colleges and universities to host the 2011 Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) TEAMS competition Feb. 25.

The competition will be divided into two parts. Part 1 will take place at 9 a.m. and Part 2, at 10:45 a.m., in the Multipurpose Room in the Student Center on campus, 3400 Pershall Road. An awards ceremony will follow at 1 p.m., where students will be given awards based on their scores on Part 1 of the test. The awards ceremony will be open to the public.

The JETS TEAMS program is an annual, national high school engineering competition that challenges students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve everyday engineering challenges. After participating in TEAMS, students increase their knowledge of engineering, feel more confident about participating in engineering activities and increase their ability to work with others to solve complex problems.

Some 10,000 ninth-to-12th-grade TEAMS participants will gather for one-day events over a four-week period between Feb. 14 and March 15 at 130 competition sites in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

This year, students will attempt to tackle questions related to energy and the global need for diversification, efficiency, security and ecological sustainability.

“We currently have 36 teams from 11 area high schools, and each team typically has eight students per team,” said Steve Ehlen, engineering technology instructor at Florissant Valley. “Florissant Valley has been hosting the TEAMS competition since 1993.”

For more information, contact Rachel Gomez at 314-513-4263.