HS students advance in TEAMS competition

Posted on April 19, 2016, in Academics

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General McLane High School students have made history! For the first time ever, General McLane has had a team qualify to compete at the National TEAMS competition, after placing second in the state and 12th nationally.

Now, the students advance to the national competition is in Nashville June 28-June 30.

This achievements stems from results for the TEAMS (Tests of engineering aptitude in mathematics and science) competition. 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.

The GM team that qualified is comprised of all seniors and includes Peter Dilla, Justin Layden, Cory Kephart, Kyle Sult, Ryan Carpenter (Captain), Jordan Motter, Evan Sneed and Cuinn Larmon.

“This is an outstanding achievement made by a team of highly intelligent students,” said advisor David Treusch.  “This is the first time that I know of that GM will go to nationals, and I am very excited for our students.”

Part one of the test is 80 multiple-choice questions completed as a team in 90 minutes and part two of the test includes essay questions and a design / building project both done as a team in a total of 90 minutes. The Part 1 (multiple choice) score is based on the number of correct answers. The Part 2 (essay and design/build) score is based on a rubric score for the essay and a weighted decision matrix involving height of the paper tower, amount of paper used to build the tower, and the time involved in building the tower.

Collegiate is the only other school in the area that qualified for the national competition.

General McLane had two teams compete and our younger team came in 3rd in the state behind our other team and 17th nationally. They don’t qualify for nationals this year but are looking forward to next year’s competition.

These students include juniors Joel Linebach (Captain), Ruby Spada, Dylan Kosienski, Maddie Dillen, Evan Vincent, Julia Wasielewski and Derek Hecker and sophomore Alex Lofgren.

Congratulations to our students on this wonderful achievement!

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