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State Engineering and Math Competition Educates and Entertains

February 22, 2016
A TEAMS participant examines a hydrogen fuel cell car component.
A TEAMS participant examines a hydrogen fuel cell car component.

Students from around the Cowboy State put their engineering skills to the test in a new way last week at the University of Wyoming.

On Feb. 15, UW’s College of Engineering and Applied Science and School of Energy Resources hosted the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) state competition. With 11 teams and 77 students competing from across the state, the Challenge Day featured a two-part test and a hands-on engineering design challenge. In addition, students and their coaches participated a series of activities and demonstrations sponsored by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International–A World In Motion (AWIM) program, the Montana Department of Education, Wyoming State Board of Professional Land Surveyors and UW’s Computer Science and Chemical Engineering departments.

Students in grades 9-12 participated in the two-part TEAMS test, and were also invited to engage in building hydrogen fuel cell model cars. These hydrogen fuel cell kits were generously donated and provided by Pat Schneider from SAE International’s AWIM program.

Teachers in attendance heard presentations from Schneider and Mary Ellen Earnhardt (Montana Department of Education) on how to integrate engineering in the classroom. Mark Corbridge from the Wyoming State Board of Professional Engineers provided teachers with information about land surveying and outreach opportunities.

In the afternoon, students tested hydrogen fuel-cell cars to see which team’s car could travel a specified distance. Students were also able to view a robotics demonstration, thanks to CEAS graduate student Roby Velez, and also viewed a land-survey demonstration from Corbridge.

Winners of the TEAMS state competition will be announced by the national office in the coming weeks. Those leading teams will be invited to attend the national competition June 28-July 2 in Nashville, Tenn.

“The College of Engineering and Applied Science and School of Energy Resources were thrilled to host this year’s TEAMS State Competition,” CEAS K-14 Outreach Coordinator Teddi Hofmann says. “We had an amazing group of students who put their problem solving and teamwork skills to the test. We were extremely impressed by the level of competitiveness, engagement and enthusiasm. We look forward to hosting next year’s event and hope to bring even more schools on board to participate in this fun, exciting and challenging competition.”

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