Columbus High takes first, second in TEAMS competition at Auburn

Published: Mar 1, 2007 1:15:13 PM
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On Friday, Feb. 23, Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics hosted the first TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) competition in conjunction with E-Day, the College of Engineering's open house for middle and high school students. Thirteen teams from seven high schools from across the region participated, with teams from Columbus (GA) High School taking first and second place and Briarwood Christian from Birmingham finishing third.

TEAMS is a popular national competition that introduces high school students to college-level, real-world engineering problems that they solve through teamwork, creativity and critical thinking in a fun and fast-paced atmosphere. TEAMS shows students what is possible within themselves, by asking them to solve real engineering challenges, and what is possible in their lives, by introducing them to the world of engineering as both a major and a career.

Each year, TEAMS brings together more than 14,000 high school students and 750 educators at more than 90 of the leading colleges and universities around the country to host TEAMS events. Auburn University is the first and only institution in Alabama that hosts a TEAMS competition.

"The TEAMS students came early to participate in E-day and stayed for the afternoon competition," explains Bonnie Wilson, student recruiter for the college of engineering. "The students had a ball. There was a real spirit of camaraderie and excitement in the room. We look forward to making this an annual event and believe the pairing with E-Day further enhances learning opportunities."

The competition was sponsored by Southern Company. Georgia Power representative Jeremy Hand, an Auburn alumnus, spoke to the students during opening remarks about the critical need industry has for students to go into engineering and other technical fields.

"As a company, we have to help attract students to engineering," said Hand. "The future of Southern Company depends upon having an adequate workforce, so supporting programs like TEAMS is important to us. We want these students to understand that they can have a great future in Southern Company if they'll stay on this track."

TEAMS is the flagship program of JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society), America's leading non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting careers in engineering and technology to our nation's young people. From exciting student competitions and top academic resources to assessment tools and career exploration materials, JETS is helping students make informed decisions about their futures and developing the next generation of engineers.