What is TEAMS?

What is TEAMS? (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science)

TEAMS is an annual STEM competition challenging students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real everyday engineering challenges. After participating in TEAMS, students increase their knowledge of engineering, feel more confident about participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities and increase their ability to work with others to solve complex problems.

. Effectively shows students the real-world applications of math and science.

. Raises student confidence in their ability to participate in engineering activities.

. Inspires students to consider engineering majors and careers.

. Removes social barriers and negative attitudes about engineering.

. Promots collaboration and problem-solving in a team envirenment.

TEAMS is a program of the Technology student Association (TSA), a national non-profit organization for students engaged in STEM academic areas. In addition to TEAMS, TSA offers over 60 STEM competitions for middle and high school students across the nation. TSA membership includes over 225,000 students and 2,000 schools spanning 48 states.

In recent years, countless reports have identified troublesome science and math achievement gaps in America, and signaled the need for renewed efforts to cultivate a competitive 21st century workforce. These reports point to the necessity of programs that foster STEM literacy in effective ways, and across a broader range of young people.

The TEAMS competition helps develop “STEM-capable” students in an engaging way by showing them how math and science, with an engineering focus, are used to make tangible differences in the world.

Focused on a theme each year, original academic and innovative concepts are developed for the competition based on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. Tackling these challenges requires critical job-readiness skills such as collaboration, analytical thinking, and multidimensional problem-solving. The theme for 2016 is “Engineering the Tools of Innovation” and will focus on energy and it's relationship to engineering.

Working in a written competition format, teams of four to eight students compete for competition day, division and state awards. Top ranking state teams are invited to compete for Best in Nation.

High School TEAMS

  • Part 1: Eighty multiple choice questions, requiring team members to apply math and science knowledge to novel situations. 
  • Part 2: Tasks to be answered in a short essay format, expanding students' ideas as they explain their ideas for engineering solutions.  A hands-on design challenge is also included in Part 2. One essay per team will be randomly chosen and evaluated to be completed in 90 minutes.

Middle School TEAMS

  • Part 1: Forty multiple choice questions, requiring team members to apply math and science knowledge to novel situations. To be completed in 60 minutes.
  • Part 2: Tasks to be answered in a short essay format, expanding students' ideas as they explain their ideas for engineering solutions.  A hands-on design challenge is also included in Part 2. One essay per team will be randomly chosen and evaluated to be completed in 60 minutes.

The one-day competitions will take place at over 125 locations nationwide between February 8 and March 20, 2016 through a partnership with high school educators, universities, corporations, and professional organizations. More than 10,000 students, will compete on a chosen day  during the competition window vying for competition day, division, and state rankings and awards. The TEAMS national competitions are scheduled to take place June 28 – July 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennesse during the national TSA conference. 

To prepare for the competition, each registered coach receives preparatory materials including a Coach Guide, competition scenarios, supplemental resources and tips for group decision-making and problem-solving strategies. These materials are available in the TEAM coach online account, accessible after team registration is active.