Snoqualmie Valley Record


2nd place award for science-minded Valley middle schoolers

June 13, 2014 · 4:15 PM

Twin Falls eighth graders took second place at a state Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition, in which they solved engineering challenges such as urban transportation and sustainability. / Courtesy photo

A team of 10 Twin Falls Middle School eighth graders recently took second place in a TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) competition, and earned a spot at the national event.

The team of Piper Elwood, Ashley Gate, Mallory Golic, Grace Himka, Morgan Lowell, Mitchell Meyer, Griffin Nicolino, Kayleen Rule, Kayla Sanchez and Jessica Stringer was coached by Twin Falls math and STEM teacher Dave Bettine, and Tracy Roberts, a calculus and physics teacher at Mount Si High School.

TEAMS is an annual competition for middle and high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering. Students apply their knowledge of math and science in creative ways to solve real-world engineering challenges.

“This activity aligns with our district’s focus on expanding educational opportunities for students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Bettine.

The competition theme was “Engineering Tomorrow’s Cities.” Students addressed engineering challenges in areas such as transportation, green space, fresh water supply, sustainability, 3-D virtual reality and electric grid.

Although the team qualified for nationals, they are not planning to attend this summer due to the costs involved with group travel to Washington, D.C.

For more information about TEAMS, visit http://teams.tsaweb.org.


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