EDINBORO, PA (June 25, 2018) – General McLane High School students have placed in the top ten of a national engineering competition, marking a first-time accomplishment for the District.
The Varsity A team landed in the top overall ten of the Technology Student Association Tests of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics and Science (TSA TEAMS) Competition, which took place June 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Varsity B team ranked in top ten for their Digital Media presentation.
“This is an amazing feat for our students, especially because it is a really rigorous competition,” said superintendent Richard Scaletta. “This experience has allowed our students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world, and that makes us extremely proud.”
TEAMS is an engineering aptitude, mathematics and science testing competition designed to help middle school and high school students discover their potential in the engineering field. Students prepare two-minute videos to promote fictional green consulting firms they created to execute the tasks they’re assigned. The Design/Build challenge tasked students with creating a miniature model home heated with thermodynamic principles.
General McLane had three teams and 24 students qualify for the national competition based on results from the state level. Only the top three teams in the state at each level are automatically qualified to compete at the national TEAMS competition.
There are three divisions, Middle School, 9/10 level and 11/12 level. In each division, they name those who scored in the top 10 in these four categories: Design Build, Digital media, prepared presentation and Best in the Nation (overall score of all three events).
Students competed against teams from prominent areas like Silicon Valley, where their high school campus includes an entire building for STREAM: Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering and Math.
Team A 11/12 students include Maddison Schutt, Jacqueline Brown, Zach Gray, Alex Lofgren, Jesse Nathanson, Logan Segal, Brad Yoder and Nicole Foulkrod.
Team B 11/12 students include Kaley Berger, Cayden Connolly, Nate Price, Luke McEldowney, Alexis Throop, Claire Campbell, Tyler Massey, and Vincent Spada.
The 9th / 10th grade students include Ellie Conaway, Glory Linebach, Calder Martin, Nick Tysiachney, Kaylei Wooten, Hannah Burbules, Remlee Robinson and Evan Zehr.
The 2018 TEAMS competition theme, “Engineering a Greener World,” featured the following topics: durability of materials, economics of green engineering, efficiency of solar power, global health, green energy basics, green building practices and insects and climate change.
Original academic and innovative concepts are developed for the TEAMS competition based on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Overcoming these obstacles requires critical job-readiness skills such as collaboration, analytical thinking and problem-solving.
General McLane High School physics teacher Dave Treusch coaches the junior/senior teams and mathematics instructor Rick Terella coaches the freshman/sophomore teams.
This was General McLane’s third year competing at the national level. TEAMS was started by the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS).
General McLane School District offers a variety of programs and classes to empower students with 21st century skills for today. Through the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering, GMHS Manufacturing Academy, the GMHS Art Academy and innovative entrepreneurship programming, General McLane’s curriculum is tailored to meet students’ interests and joins our many STEM-focus programming. Our robust offerings provide students opportunities to utilize our STEM Lab, which includes 3-D printers, CNC machines and CAD software.
For information on TEAMS, visit teams.tsaweb.org. To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.