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Clarkson University Hosts Junior Engineering Technical Society TEAMS Competition
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Clarkson University recently hosted the annual Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) TEAMS competition. Students from St. Lawrence County high schools competed in teams to develop solutions to real world energy-related problems. The competition is the culmination of a year-long effort involving research, applied math and science concepts.
Heuvelton Central School, coached by teachers Jamie Bush and Nancy Putman, placed first. Herman DeKalb Central School and Norwood Norfolk Central School placed second and third, respectively.
This year’s national competition had a strong local connection. Two of the problem-solving scenarios were written by Prof. Susan Powers, Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems, and Jan deWaters, a doctoral student in environmental engineering. In addition to writing the scenarios, Powers also coordinated an activity day, which provided hands-on experiences to develop students’ knowledge of energy issues.
The JETS TEAMS program is an annual high school competition challenging students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real everyday engineering challenges.
The one-day competitions take place at over 100 locations and involve more than 10,000 students. After participating in TEAMS, students increase their knowledge of engineering, feel more confident about participating in engineering 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.
The local JETS TEAMS competition was organized and supported by Clarkson’s Office of Educational Partnerships, established in 2004 to assist faculty interested in K-12 outreach to develop partnerships with teachers and school districts, assess outreach activities, and organize a wide variety of in-class and on-campus events.
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Photo caption: Heuvelton Central School placed first in the annual JETS TEAMS competition held at Clarkson University. Teams from St. Lawrence County schools competed in the national engineering event to solve energy-related problem scenarios. Front Row (l-r): Dustin Storie, Jennifer Cougler, and Allison Montroy. Back Row (l-r): Coach Mrs. Jamie Bush, Andrew Crossett, Connor Pierce, Jacob Ladouceur, and Coach Mrs. Nancy Putman.