2018 Teams Essay

Below is the essay prompt for the 9/10 and 11/12 level and a different prompt for the middle school level. Each team submits one essay. Teams at the 9/10 and 11/12 level must address the 9/10 and 11/12 prompt; teams at the middle school level must address the middle school prompt.

9/10 and 11/12 Essay Prompt

Recent efforts toward greening within engineering have focused on energy saving within buildings.  Newly constructed buildings are often built to be LEED certified, meaning they are designed in such a way as to conserve energy.

Your team has been tasked with transforming a prominent building within your community to conserve energy and be more environmentally friendly.  Your solution should address the current impact of the existing building on the environment; propose modifications to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and/or reduce any negative environmental impact; and identify the advantages and disadvantages to implementing your plan. 

Middle School Essay Prompt

Recent efforts toward greening within engineering have focused on energy saving within buildings.  Newly constructed buildings are often built to be LEED certified, meaning they are designed in such a way as to conserve energy.

Your team has been tasked to identify the most important characteristics of LEED certification for a hypothetical new, 10-story office building to be built within your community.  You should document components of LEED certification that highlight important characteristic(s) based on your community, its location, any relevant characteristics of the population, etc.  Finally, identify the advantages and disadvantages to implementing your plan.  

Essays must be submitted electronically at least one day before the scheduled competition date. Essay regulations and submission links are available to the coach of each team that is registered for the 2018 TEAMS competition via the TEAMS coach login.

Additional information can be found in the TEAMS Essay FAQ.