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West High students place first in nation in TEAMS Competition

A team of eight students from Parkway West High School placed number one in the nation (out of 107 teams of same-size schools) in the TEAMS Competition -- Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science).

The members of West High team are Jaron Ma, Caleb Ki, Adam Manders, Patrick Landwehr, Andrew Kuehnle, James Wang, Kim Lister and Ben Wheeler. This team had previously ranked number one in the state for same-size schools, and number one regionally for schools of all sizes. The TEAMS Competition co-sponsors are teachers Jan Keller and Ellen Wilke.

Jaron Ma, Patrick Landwehr, Caleb Ki, Adam Manders, Andrew Kuehnle, James Wang, Ben Wheeler and Kim Lister

The TEAMS program is an annual high school competition challenging students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real everyday engineering challenges. Focused on a theme each year, original academic and innovative concepts are developed for the competition based on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. Tackling these challenges requires critical job-readiness skills such as collaboration, analytical thinking, and multidimensional problem-solving.  In 2012, the competition covered the engineering involved in healthcare and medicine.

Working in a written competition format, teams of students faced off during two ninety-minute parts:

  • Eighty multiple choice questions, requiring team members to apply math and science knowledge to novel situations.  
  • Eight tasks to be answered in a short essay format, expanding students' ideas as they explain their ideas for engineering solutions.