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2020 TEAMS Competition at TCNJ

TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science)


TEAMS is an annual competition that gives middle school and high school students the opportunity to discover their potential for engineering. Student teams work collaboratively to solve real-world engineering challenges, applying their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways. 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 such critical job-readiness skills as collaboration, analytical thinking, and multi-dimensional problem solving.

Competition Format

Design/Build—Using designated materials, middle school and high school teams complete a hands-on design challenge related to the annual competition theme. Teams will be instructed to bring the required simple materials needed for the competition with them on competition day. This materials list is also available for hosts. Hosts are encouraged to remind coaches ahead of time that each team must bring its own materials; however, it is suggested that where possible, hosts have some materials on hand.

Multiple Choice—High school teams have 90 minutes to solve 80 multiple choice questions focused on eight engineering scenarios related to the annual competition theme. Middle school teams have 60 minutes to solve 40 multiple choice questions.

Essay—Each team researches and writes an in-depth essay submitted electronically prior to their competition date.

2020 TEAMS Competition at The College of New Jersey

Theme: Engineering in the Wild
When: Thursday, March 5, 2020, 9:30am-2:30pm
Where: Brower Student Center- 2nd Floor
Cost: $200 per team (paid directly to National TSA)

TEAMS is open to all interested middle school and high school students. Teams compete (in groups of 4-8 students) at one of three levels: middle school, 9th/10th grade, or 11th/12th grade.


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Arrival and welcome
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Teams assigned to tables
9:45 AM – 11:15 AM Multiple Choice Test
11:20 AM – 12:20 PM Lunch (Students may bring their lunch, or purchase lunch in one of TCNJ’s dining facilities. Pizza, snacks, and refreshments will be sold outside of the testing room.)
11:20-12:20 PM School of Engineering Information Sessions (optional)
12:20 PM – 12:30 PM Teams assigned to tables
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Design/Build
2:10 PM – 2:30 PM Awards presentation
2:30 PM Depart

Where to Register: Teachers/Coaches may register their team(s) here: