2018 Competition Information

2018 TEAMS Competition Information

Competition window:  February 12th – March 18th

Competition theme: “Engineering a Greener World”

Competition topics: 

9/10 and 11/12
Durability of materials
Economics of green engineeringEfficiency of solar power
Global health  
Green energy basics
Green building practices
Insects and climate change
Reducing light pollution 

Middle School 
Global health
Green building practices
Green energy basics
Reducing light pollution
Web previews of the scenarios are available to coaches once registration is complete.

Competition format:

Essay – Each team researches and writes an in-depth essay submitted electronically prior to their competition date. Hosts will no longer administer the essay portion of the competition.

Multiple Choice – High school teams have 90 minutes to solve 80 multiple choice questions focused on 8 engineering scenarios related to the annual competition theme. Middle school teams have 60 minutes to solve 40 multiple choice questions.

Design/Build – using designated materials, teams (both middle school and high school) have 75 minutes to complete a hands-on design challenge related to the annual competition theme. Teams will be instructed to bring the required simple materials needed for the competition with them on competition day.

Competition Options

Competing at a collegiate host site

Universities around the country serve as host sites for TEAMS. Each year hosts update their information regarding the competition date and any fees they charge to hold the competition. Once a host has updated their information, the institution name will appear on the TEAMS website in the drop down box as a choice for competition sites. Host sites are encouraged to update their information by October.

Serving as a secondary host site

When a collegiate host site is not available, high schools and middle schools may choose to become a secondary host site and invite other schools to participate at their location. Competing in an environment with other teams increases the students’ enthusiasm and excitement. Secondary hosts have access to a Secondary Host Guide to help them plan their day. All answer sheets are returned to national TSA for judging.

Competing as an on-site location

If you are not able to compete at a collegiate or secondary host site, you may also hold the competition at your own school for your own students. To do so, choose “Onsite Location” as the competition site when you register. Onsite locations have access to an Onsite Location Guide to help them plan the day. All answer sheets are returned to national TSA for judging.