PA Math League members organized 2 teams, comprised of 8 students each, to compete in the TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) Competition that was held on February 20, 2018. They won 1st and 2nd place at the Bucknell University location based on the Problem-Solving portion of the contest.
In the overall Pennsylvania state rankings, Team A placed 7th and Team B placed 16th among 70 schools. Both teams qualified for the National Competition in Atlanta, GA on June 22-25, 2018 which will be attended by 5 members of Team B comprised of Kevin Ge, Ben Brown, Shreya Sriramineni, Arti Schmidt, and Geoffrey Kleinberg.
TSA TEAMS provides an annual competition for middle and high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering. Using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and 21st century learning skills, students work collaboratively to solve real-world engineering challenges.
The TEAMS competition is based on an annual theme. The theme for 2018 is “Building a Better Environment”. Students prepared for the state contest by researching topics such as green engineering, material strength, and solar energy cost reduction. Each team researched and wrote an essay on making Emmaus High School a greener building. At the state contest, teams competed to quickly design a structure out of plastic straws that would be as high as possible and bear the weight of a tennis ball.
The national contest has a theme of working to promote a sustainable future and involves 3 separate competitions: a video advertising a consulting firm, a plan to improve the transportation infrastructure, a design-and-build problem solving session.
Team A picture left to right: Xinyi He, Sydney Gil, Sandhya Sriram, Millan Patel, Aman Malik, Tina Zhang, Tien Pham, Bruce Wu (then Mrs. Hoffert, Miss Russo)
Team B picture left to right: Mirai Inaoka, Shreya Sriramineni, Geoffrey Kleinberg, Kevin Ge, Johnny Yang, Ishaan Lal, Ben Brown, Arti Schmidt (then Mrs. Hoffert, Miss Russo)