February 08, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University College of Engineering will host the Junior Engineering Technical Society TEAMS competition on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

The competition is an annual high school contest allowing students to use their math, science and 21st-century learning skills to problem-solve real, everyday world challenges, and to discover their potential for engineering.

Six local schools
About 40 students from six high schools will participate in the competition, said Bucknell student organizer Muyambi Muyambi.

Students from Berwick Area, Lake-Lehman, Loyalsock, Pottsgrove, Shikellamy and Weatherly Area high schools will have 90 minutes for part one of the competition — answering 80 multiple choice questions covering 10 scenarios with eight questions each — and 90 minutes for part two, comprising eight tasks which require an open-ended short answer format question.

"In addition, there will be a tour of the engineering labs for the visiting teams, and Bucknell students will discuss their senior design projects before the award ceremony for the winning team," said Muyambi, a senior majoring in civil engineering and economics.

Engineering scenarios
"In the past, student teams have worked on such scenarios as how to provide clean water to the growing human population, how to design, build and run a theme park, and how to host a large athletic event such as the Olympics," said Keith Buffinton, interim dean of the College of Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering at Bucknell.

"This year's competition theme is energy and the global need for diversification, efficiency, security and ecological sustainability," he said.

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