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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Hosts TEAMS Competition for 17 High Schools

WHAT: Seventeen New Jersey public and private high schools will participate at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in a national test of engineering aptitude, mathematics, and science.  More than 150 students will be divided into teams of four to eight students who in an exam setting will be asked to focus on questions delving into mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and computer applications. The questions represent college freshman-level engineering coursework. Problems enable students to see how engineering touches their lives. Past questions have focused on real-world engineering issues such as air transportation; bridge design and rehabilitation; flood analysis; solar-powered vehicles; and food preservation.

WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2007, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. 

WHERE: NJIT Campus Center and Ballrooms.

WHO: Ana Cortina, coordinator for the Center for Pre-college Programs said the program encourages tomorrow’s engineers to work together and think critically. With many scientists, engineers and technologists retiring, the U.S. needs to take an active role in securing its future workforce.  Through competitions, JETS works to increase students’ interest and awareness of engineering and technology-based careers, and helps them make informed decisions.” 

SCHOOLS:  Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest; Clifton High School, Clifton; East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick; Fair Lawn High School, Fair Lawn;  Glassboro High, Glassboro; Gov. Livingston High School, Berkeley Heights; Hillside High School, Hillside; New Providence High School, New Providence; Northern Valley Regional High School, Demarest; Northern Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan; Park Ridge High, Park Ridge; The Ranney School, Tinton Falls; Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver; Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood; Union High School, Union; Villa Walsh Academy, Morristown; and Vineland High School, Vineland. 

BACKGROUND: TEAMS is an academic program and competition that introduces high school students to the world of engineering. TEAMS is sponsored nationally by JETS – a national non-profit organization promoting interest in engineering, science, mathematics and technology. Visit JETS at www.jets.org

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.