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Aspiring Engineers Test Their Skills at Annual Belmont College TEAMS Competition

Area High School Teams Awarded for their Problem-Solving Skills at Belmont College; Winners Set to Compete at National Level

St. Clairsville, OH (February 24, 2020) — More than 130 students from five local high schools competed in the 2020 Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) regional competition at Belmont College on Friday, February 21 in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Students from the following high schools participated: Bridgeport, Parkersburg, Shadyside, St. Clairsville, and Wheeling Park.

This event is sponsored nationally by the non-profit Technology Student Association (TSA). The TEAMS competition involves a two-hour written exam where students work in groups of six to eight. The students use their math and science skills to solve real-world engineering challenges in applied science and technology, including: architectural, biomedical, computer technology, fire-protection, mining, telecommunications, transportation or wireless technologies.

Additionally, as a portion of their Part II test, teams were tasked to design, build, and test a crane which will be used to lift heavy materials and reach high into the forest canopy. The crane should have a high range of motion, low material cost, and high maximum capacity. The crane must include a take-up mechanism to lift a bucket (or similar part to hold the load). The take-up mechanism must be capable of being locked in order to support the load without operator assistance. Students were permitted to use only the materials on the TEAMS Design/Build Materials List and had 5 minutes to brainstorm and sketch their design and 60 minutes to build and test their final prototype.

Winners at the regional level will advance to the state level. All schools will have their Part II tests graded by TSA and may be considered for national recognition based on their Part I and II scores. National winners will be announced in March.

Regional winners from the Belmont College competition include:

9th -10th Grade Junior Varsity:

First place: Wheeling Park Team – Sophie Abrahams, Mariana Alkhovri, Natalie Archer, Ella Haller, Jacob Huffman, Makenna Kelly, Kyria Riddle, and Luke Wang. Coached by Kevin Orth.

Second Place – Shadyside Team – Gentry Brown, Bailee Beckett, Bethany Bonar, Makenzie Hess, Hannah Mahaffee, Lee McKitrick, and Colton Wetzel. Coached by Vincent Thornburg.

Third Place – Bridgeport Team – Madison Criswell, Kyle Dunlop, Emmi Felton

Joyden Ray, Kyle Kerns, Jayden Koonce, Conner Otte and Emma Pittner. Coached by Georgeann Canter.

11th -12th Grade Varsity:

First place: Wheeling Park Team – Catherine Anderson, Faith Bauer, Andrew Glass, Finoa Hutchinson, Krista McCardle, Drew Racer, Adesh Urval, Eli Wright. Coached by Kevin Orth.

Second Place: Shadyside Team – Kylie Baker, Emely Blake, Karleigh Clegg, Jaycee Cravlik, Valerie McKitrick, Claire Strickland, Jacob Vinsnic and Baylee Wach. Coached by Vincent Thornburg.

Thrid Place: St. Clairsville Team – Kylie Gallagher, Mikayla Hendershot, Ayden King, Noah Palmer, Abbey Perzanowski, Zack Riffle, Gavin Sheilds, and Eliana Watt. Coached by Stephen Hicks.

Belmont College staff and faculty coordinated the TEAMS event and administered the tests.

TEAMS works to increase interest and awareness of engineering and technology-based careers with student competitions, assessment tools, career guidance resources, and more, along with resource materials for parents and counselors. TEAMS programs excite high school students about careers in engineering and related technical fields and help them understand the critical role engineers play in the world around us.

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