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TSA and TEAMS
TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) is a one-day competition for students in middle and high school that allows them to apply their knowledge of skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to issues facing our global society. Focused on an annual theme, original academic and innovative concepts are developed for the competition based on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. Engaging in the challenges requires critical job-readiness skills such as teamwork, analytical thinking, and multi-dimensional problem solving.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) acquired the TEAMS competition from the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) in 2011. Since that time over 150 TSA advisors have brought the TEAMS competition to their school and have taken advantage of the 30% discount TSA chapter schools receive on TEAMS registration.
Schools that participate in both TSA and TEAMS provide a broad range of STEM experiences for a variety of students. TEAMS participation does not require TSA membership, so in many schools the teams reflect a mixture of students with strong interests in math and science as well as technology. Students who are exploring engineering as a field of study or career path are challenged by the rigor of this engineering-focused competition.
TSA advisors may serve as the TEAMS coach, or they may bring the opportunity to another teacher in the school (often the math or science teacher). TEAMS provides an opportunity for collaboration among the different STEM subject areas and teachers in a school.
The TEAMS competition is easy to administer and teams can compete right at their own school or at a nearby TEAMS host university. All competitions occur during the competition window – February 13th – March 19th.
Click here to view 2017 TEAMS competition highlights.
TEAMS Frequently Asked Questions
TSA schools can receive a 30% discount off of the national registration fee of $150. This discount is automatically given when a TSA advisor registers for TEAMS at the same time as they affiliate their chapter, or a discount code may be used when registering on the TEAMS website. To receive the TSA discount code, contact Sandy Honour, TEAMS Program Manager, or Cindy Donahue, TEAMS Project Manager.