High school students find top spots in TEAMS rankings

Published: May 6, 2008 7:08:26 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

High school students from Alabama and Georgia recently received top honors in the state and national rankings for Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) 2008, held on Auburn's campus concurrently with the College of Engineering's E-Day open house in February. Briarwood Christian in Birmingham, Ala. received first place in the national rankings for winning the Junior Varsity Division 3.

At the completion of the competition, first place honors in the Alabama state rankings went to Zion Chapel High School in Jack, Ala. for Division 1 Varsity; Briarwood Christian for Division 3 Varsity and Division 3 Junior Varsity; Austin High School in Decatur, Ala. for Division 5 Varsity and Division 5 Junior Varsity; and Hoover High School in Birmingham, Ala. for Division 9. Top rankings for the state of Georgia were awarded to Piedmont Academy in Monticello, Ga. for Division 2 and Columbus High School in Columbus, Ga. for Division 4 Varsity and Division 4 Junior Varsity.

"We would like to thank each of the schools for their participation this year," said George Blanks, director of K-12 Engineering Outreach for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. "We are quite proud of each team's involvement and are greatly appreciative of the continued support of Alabama Power in its sponsorship of Auburn's TEAMS competition."

TEAMS is a one day, two-part national competition challenging high school students in grades 9-12 to work together as a team while applying knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world engineering problems. TEAMS involves mathematical understanding and science reasoning, much like the work of professional engineers, as well as creativity and analytical and writing skills. Competitions are held on college and university campuses across the country in February and March and inspire creativity, team-work, critical thinking and peer-to-peer cooperation.

For additional information about TEAMS please visit: http://eng.auburn.edu/outreach/k-12/teams/index.html.