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STLCC-Florissant Valley to Host TEAMS Competition

February 14, 2017

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will join 60 other colleges and universities to host the 2017 Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) Competition on Friday, Feb. 17.

TEAMS is an annual one-day event for middle and high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering. STLCC-Florissant Valley has been hosting the TEAMS competition since 1993.

The competition will be divided into two parts. Part 1 is a multiple choice test focused on eight engineering scenarios related to the annual competition theme. Part 2 is a design/build challenge that is also theme related. 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. An awards ceremony, which is open to the public, will follow between 1 and 1:30 p.m. Awards will be presented based on students' scores on the first part of the test.

The TEAMS competition will be based on the 2017 theme, “Engineering the Environment.” Students will explore areas such as energy efficiency, geothermal heat pumps and wastewater treatment.

“We currently have 24 teams from five area high schools, and each team typically has eight students,” said Steve Ehlen, instructor in Engineering Technology at STLCC-Florissant Valley.

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 between Feb. 13 and March 19 at 100 competition sites nationwide. The TEAMS national competition will take place June 21-25 during the National Technology Student Association Conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando, Fla.