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Florissant Valley Hosts WYSE Competition

March 08, 2016

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Students from nine area high schools will compete in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge this Friday, March 11, at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

The competition is slated 9:30-11:15 a.m. in Student Center's Multipurpose Room on campus, 3400 Pershall Road. An awards ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. concludes the event

The WYSE Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. 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 include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.

Each WYSE test production team produces three tests of increasing levels of difficulty, regional, sectional and state finals. Students compete as individuals and as part of a team when their school fields a team. They have 40 minutes to complete multiple-choice tests that range in length from 30 questions (computer science) to 100 questions (English).

Florissant Valley's Engineering and Technology department has hosted the WYSE Competition Sectional since 2002.

“It’s encouraging to see that many of the students attending the WYSE competition this week have also participated in the TEAMS, Project Lead the Way and FIRST competitions on campus. This indicates students are understanding the value of academic competitions in the STEM fields,” said Steve Ehlen, engineering technology instructor at STLCC-Florissant Valley.

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