Press Release for Friday, February 17, 2006

UNF Hosts 2006 JETS/TEAMS Engineering Competition

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s Division of Engineering is hosting a real-life engineering challenge for the adventurous at the 2006 JETS TEAMS engineering competition, which begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. The event will be held in the Science and Engineering Building, building 50, on the UNF campus. The Division of Engineering has hosted this event for over a decade.

JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) TEAMS is an annual, one-day, competition where groups of high school students nationwide synthesize key concepts in math, science, and physics and apply them to solve real-world engineering problems. Seven local high schools will be featured in this contest, with students in grades 9-12 working in 12 teams of four to eight students in an open-discussion format. Participating high schools include, Bishop Kenny, Bolles, Englewood, Episcopal, First Coast, Orange Park and Paxon.

“This competition helps high school students understand the critical role engineers play in the world around us,” said Ray Richard, engineering lab manager and JETS project director. This sentiment was echoed by Dr. Steve Nix, director, UNF Division of Engineering. “We look forward to hosting this year’s competition and the chance to showcase the engineering profession.”

There are two parts to the TEAMS competition, each of which lasts 90 minutes. Part 1 consists of a series of objective multiple-choice questions related to various engineering situations, while Part 2 requires students to describe and defend their solutions to open-ended, subjective questions related to problems in the first half of the competition. Teams will be competing for local, state and national awards and recognition.

JETS is a non-profit education organization, established in 1950 to inform and excite young people about careers in engineering. JETS now serves more than 30,000 students and 5,000 teachers, holding programs on more than 150 college campuses each year.