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STLCC-Florissant Valley to Host Annual WYSE Academic Challenge

March 03, 2015

Approximately eight teams of high school students are expected to compete in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Student Center Multipurpose at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road.

The WYSE Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by WYSE and offered to high school students in Missouri and Illinois. The tests are now offered by more than 40 community colleges and universities and are designed to present a challenge to the brightest students.

Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman-level college curricula. Written by teams of college and university faculty, subjects for the test include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.

Each WYSE test production team creates three tests of increasing levels of difficulty. Students compete as individuals and as part of a team; they have 40 minutes to complete multiple-choice tests that range in length from 30 questions (computer science) to 100 questions (English).

Schools signed up to participate this year include Clayton, Houston, Living Word Christian, Trinity, Linn, Sullivan, West St. Francois County and Notre Dame.

“It is encouraging to see that many of the students attending the WYSE Competition this week have also participated in the TEAMS, PLTW and FIRST competitions on campus,” said Steve Ehlen, engineering  technology center supervisor at STLCC-Florissant Valley. “This indicates students understand the value of academic competitions in the STEM fields.”

STLCC-Florissant Valley’s Engineering and Technology department has hosted the WYSE competition sectional since 2002.

For more information, contact Ehlen at 314-513-4566 or sehlen@stlcc.edu.