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STLCC-Florissant Valley Hosts WYSE Competition

February 23, 2017

image of WYSE competition  
Students from nine high schools will compete in the World-
wide Youth in Science and Engineering Missouri Sectional
Competition on March 3 at STLCC's Florissant Valley
campus.

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will host the 2017 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Missouri Sectional Competition on Friday, March 3.

The competition will be held 9:30-11:15 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room on campus, 3400 Pershall Road. An awards ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

Currently there are nine high schools signed up for this year’s event.

The WYSE Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by WYSE 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 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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).

The Engineering and Technology department at Florissant Valley has hosted the WYSE Sectional Competition since 2002.

“It’s encouraging to see that many of the students attending the WYSE Competition have also participated in the TEAMS, PLTW and FIRST competitions on campus,” said Steve Ehlen, instructor in Engineering Technology at STLCC-Florissant Valley. “This indicates students are understanding the value of academic competitions in the STEM fields.”

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