JETS 2011 TEAMS competition: Smarter Energy.
Submitted by Megan Balkovic
JETS invites all energy teachers to become a coach and let their students participate in the 2011 TEAMS Competition: Smarter Energy. Cleaner Planet.
TEAMS will help your students make the connection between math and science to real-world issues, have a fun and unique learning experience and discover their potential for engineering while competing for state and national awards and recognition.
As an annual national competition, students in in grades 9-12, will have the opportunity to discover engineering and how they can make a difference in the world. Student teams work collaboratively to problem-solve real-world engineering challenges, applying their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways.
In 2011, students will tackle energy and the global need for diversification, efficiency, security and ecological sustainability.
Get involved and become a TEAMS Coach today! Registration opens in September at http://www.jets.org/teams . For questions, please contact Megan at [see email image above].
When is the Competition?
Competitions will occur from February 14 through March 15, 2011. Competition sites choose one or more date(s) from within this window that best fits your schedule and the schools/groups in your area. Competitions may be conducted during the school week or on weekends.
How Much Time Does it Take to Prepare?
Planning for a successful event should begin four to six months out from the event date.
Most of your time will be dedicated to promoting the competition, inviting schools/groups to participate, organizing volunteers and building community/partnership relationships.
JETS provides you with pre-event planning support and materials; pre-packaged competition materials and marketing tools including promotional brochures and web-based resources.
Where is the Competition Held?
You may hold the competition in one large room or in several smaller rooms. Each room must be equipped with at least one table and eight chairs, enough to accommodate each participating team.
Inviting High Schools & Groups
The average competition site invites 10-20 schools/groups. Teams may participate from local high schools?public, private, home schools?youth groups and organizations (Boy/Girl Scouts, YMCA, robotics teams and students from summer camps).
How Much Does it Cost to Host?
JETS does not charge you anything to host! Sponsorship and coordination of your competition will vary based on individual even program designs with the average hosting organization budgeting $3,000.
How Do Schools/Groups Register?
Registration is coordinated online at http://www.jets.org/teams . Schools/groups sign up and submit registration fees ($125 per team) directly to JETS. As Host, your are provided, free of charge, on-line registration processing, tracking and electronic notification of participants at your site.
JETS is a national non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting engineering and technology careers to our nation's young people. As a prominent force at the secondary school level, JETS engages students in various engineering education programs that are an essential part of fostering the engineering profession.
Students in JETS programs are presented the opportunities to: understand how engineers make a difference in our world (Explore); see how their own talents and skills align to engineering majors and occupations (Assess); and participate in exciting real-world based competitions and activities (Experience). JETS programs touch more than 40,000 students and 10,000 educators from 6,000 high schools across the country every year. JETS participants are a diverse group - more than 50 percent are from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in engineering and technology fields, including one-third who are female.