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Local High School Teams Win Engineering Competition at Clarkson University

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The first regional Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) TEAMS competition was held recently at Clarkson University.Jets

Seven teams from local high schools competed with each other and the clock in timed problem-solving sessions. The students applied math and physics knowledge to solve some of today’s greatest engineering challenges.

The Herman-DeKalb Central School team, coached by Principal Mark White, won first place honors. St. Lawrence Central School and Canton Central School placed second and third place, respectively.

Peter Turner, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, welcomed the students, noting that the competition "tested not only intellectual ability, but the capacity to work together to solve a real world problem." He said that this type of experience builds communication skills, analytic thinking and team work which are critical to success in today’s global world of work.

The competition was facilitated by physics professors David P. Wick and Michael W. Ramsdell as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Partnership between St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and Clarkson University, and supported by Clarkson’s Office of Educational Partnerships.

JETS’s flagship program, TEAMS is an annual academic competition that gives students in grades nine-12 the opportunity to discover the practical applications of math and science. More than 14,000 students compete nationally every year in this fun and fast-paced competition that inspires creativity, teamwork, critical thinking and valuable insight into the world of engineering.

Through TEAMS, students make the real-world connection between math and science to engineering by solving actual engineering scenarios. Questions are focused around a common theme.

This year’s theme was Behind the Scenes: Theme Parks. Students discovered the engineering involved in designing, building and running America’s theme parks.

Competitions take place at multiple locations across the country and are hosted by colleges and universities. Each team completes an 80-question multiple-choice section and an open-ended application section.

Local competition winners are based on the multiple-choice section. The open-ended application section is sent in to JETS to be scored. Teams whose scores are among the highest in the nation are designated National Finalists.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The Herman-DeKalb Central School team won first place honors at the first regional Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) TEAMS competition held recently at Clarkson University. Front row (left to right): Katherine Tote, Catherine Perry, Darrcy Matthews, and Nick Wentzel. Back row: Principal & Team Coach Mark White, Beth Zeller, Amanda Southwell, and Kory Besaw. Absent from the photo is Samantha Wentzel.

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