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.

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 2018 is “Engineering a Greener World.”

Teams of four to eight students compete for competition-day and state awards. Top ranking state teams are invited to compete for Best in Nation.

Competition Format - State Level

  1. Design/Build – using designated materials, teams complete a hands-on design challenge related to the annual competition theme.
  2. 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.
  3. Essay – Each team researches and writes an in-depth essay submitted electronically prior to their competition date.

The one-day competitions will take place at over 125 locations nationwide between February 13 and March 17, 2019 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 competition will take place June 28 – July 2, 2019 at National Harbor near Washington D.C. during the national TSA conference.

To prepare for the competition, each registered coach has access to 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.