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York Places 1st in State and Second in the Nation at 2020 TEAMS Engineering Essay Competition
Posted 05/20/2020 04:48PM


This year was the nineteenth consecutive year York’s JETS engineering club has participated in the TEAMS competition.  TEAMS is a 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 simultaneously making tradeoffs to stay within time, budget, and resource constraints).  In this three-part competition (Essay, Design/Build, Written Exam), teammates collaboratively apply their math and science skills to address real-world scenarios. The 90-minute written exam included 80 questions on the eight engineering scenarios.
This year’s essay challenge:  select a zoo within your state and develop innovations that would maximize economic, environmental, and/or societal benefits, as well as the quality of life for the zoo animals.  Team A chose to study the Monterey Zoo, while Team B chose the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens. 
While both York teams wrote excellent essays, the team of Juliet Oliver '22, Alan Yang '22, Jason Mao '21, and Winston Chu '21 rose to the top with their SF Zoo essay,  “A Sustainable Future Through Greywater Recycling.” 

Their thoughtful and carefully constructed essay was awarded 1st place in state (and 2nd in the nation) thanks to their comprehensive research, creative proposals, and detailed analyses of impacts and tradeoffs. Congratulations on job well done!

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