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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

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.