The engineering challenge: Design and build a tower. Build it tall. Build it strong. Build it fast. Build it cheap. And oh, by the way, build it using only the provided “high tech” materials (i.e., straws, pipe cleaners, tape, paper clips, etc.). On a Saturday morning in the not too distant past, eight York students rose to the challenge as part of the 2018 TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) competition. Thanks to their creativity, teamwork, and exceptional problem solving skills, they achieved the optimum blend of maximizing performance goals while minimizing costs. Their high-rising performance was best in state, ranking 1st out of 39 California high schools.
TEAMS is national STEM competition that promotes problem-solving, teamwork, and an appreciation for the art of engineering (i.e., using math, science, and technology to achieve project goals while at the same time making tradeoffs to stay within time, budget, and resource constraints). TEAMS challenges student teams to collaboratively use their mathematics and science skills to address scenarios of real-world engineering problems. This year’s theme of Engineering a Greener World included scenarios on light pollution, solar and renewable energy, global health, insects and climate change, material strength, and green engineering economics.
In addition to the Design/Build challenge, the competition includes two other components: Essay and Multiple Choice Exam. For the essay, students were challenged to create a proposal on how they’d transform a prominent building within our community to conserve energy and be more environmentally friendly. They chose the Embassy Suites Hotel as the subject for their proposal; the team’s Essay ranked 18 of the 39 California schools. The Multiple Choice component included 80 questions on the eight scenarios; the team excelled here too and ranked 5 of 39 California schools. Overall, the team ranked 16 of 39 among all California high schools. Nationally, the York team ranked 13 of 66 similarly sized independent schools.
Congratulations to this year’s team – Lekha Duvvoori '18, Evan Li '18, Lexseal Lin '19, Dawn Lorence-Ganong '18, Jojo McGuire (captain) '18, Shloak Sinha '19, Adam Shapiro '19, and Kyle Worcester-Moore '18 -- on their stellar overall performance!