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2013-04-11

BHS students top Division 3 TEAMS competition

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Bandera High School nabbed the top spot in the TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) Division 3 state competition held between Feb. 11 and March 11.

At present, the BHS team, led by sponsor Dan Zavorka, unofficially ranks in the top 30 schools in the nation in this competition. The highest ranking teams at each level in the state will be invited to compete at the National TSA conference in Orlando, Florida, June 28-July 2, 2013.

The TEAMS program is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competition which asks students to work collaboratively and use their math and science knowledge creatively to solve complex real world engineering challenges. TEAMS is a program of the Technology Student Association (TSA), a national organization of over 190,000 students, devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in STEM academic areas.

This annual competition is open to divisions in middle school students, students in grades 9/10, and students in grades 11/12.

This year's theme was "Engineering A Secure Cyberspace." Students participated in a two-part competition. In Part 1, students collaboratively answered 80 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes consisting of problems where math and science knowledge is applied to novel situations.

In Part 2 of the competition, eight tasks were posed where students answer in short essay format explaining their engineering solutions. This part was also allotted only 90 minutes to complete.

Pictured: Photo courtesy BISD
BHS's 11/12 TEAMS competition group included Ian Goza, Eric Optic, Joshua Retief, Hunter Prince, Sara Herrera, Nicholas Leeper, Kendall Tennyson and Ian Taulli.