Several teams from Warren County high schools will be heading to the TEAMS academic competition today at McLane Church in Edinboro.
TEAMS, which stands for Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science, is a challenging academic program geared towards preparing students for the workforce.
The competition consists of a test of knowledge that is divided up into two sections.
The theme for the competition this year is "Engineering a Secure Cyberspace." Some of the scenario topics will be based on the use of countermeasures to deter hackers, safeguards that protect Web applications from attacks by hackers, and methods to secure free Wi-Fi hotspots. An on-site written and oral component will determine how teams score.
According to Dr. Carol Bagley, supervisor of student programs for the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit, the competition encourages team cooperation and group effort, cooperative learning strategy, higher-order thinking, academic rigor, application of knowledge, leadership, and management skills.
"The students will work to problem solve as a team through a multiple choice section which will be followed by an essay portion," said Bagley.
In Crawford, Erie, Venango, and Warren counties, 41 teams will be headed to the competition with the goal of placing in the top ranks of the state. Doing so will earn them an invite to the 2013 National TEAMS Competition which will be held at the national Technology Student Association conference on June 28 to July 2 in Orlando, Fla.
According to Bagley, local teams have consistently placed well nationally, including Sheffield's junior varsity team that placed seventh overall nationally and the varsity A and B teams which placed 75th and 67th, respectively, out of 107 teams in 2011.
Warren Area High School and Youngsville are sending at least one team and Sheffield has plans to send two teams to the competition.