TEAMS Competition Highlights


The TEAMS Experience

  • Using math, science and 21st century learning skills, students work together to problem-solve real, everyday engineering challenges.
  • The annual challenge theme is selected from the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges ( ).
  • The TEAMS competition helps to 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.

Competition Facts

  • The 2019 TEAMS theme is “The Engineering Brain.”
  • Schools and groups compete for one day during the course of the competition window, February 13 – March 17, 2019.   “Best in State” awards for the highest ranking teams in each state are announced in early May.
  • Working together, teams of four to eight students compete in three components:

Design/Build – using designated materials, teams complete a hands-on design challenge related to the annual competition theme.

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.

Essay – Each team researches and writes an in-depth essay submitted electronically prior to their competition date.

Competition Format Flyer

Program Outcomes

  • Scores of the three components are combined to determine “Best in State.”
  • The highest ranking state teams at each level will be invited (at their own expense) to compete for in the national TEAMS competitions that take place during the national TSA conference, June 28 – July 2, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
  • The TEAMS program is an annual STEM competition that helps students discover their potential for engineering.
  • Increases student knowledge about what engineers do and their impact on society.
  • Introduces students to new academic concepts through real-world applications.
  • Fosters creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and problem solving skills.
  • Increases student confidence about their ability to participate in engineering projects and to solve problems.