"Engineering the Tools of Innovation" 2016

Bucknell University
February 22, 2016

TEAMS website

TEAMS 2016 Scenario Topics
“Engineering the Tools of Innovation” provides an opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of how engineers use contemporary tools to solve problems. Scenario topics include:
  • Energy Efficiency: Pumping Systems
  • Failure Engineering and Materials Science
  • Genomics: Sequencing DNA
  • Microscope Technology
  • Optical Physics: Lenses and Telescopes
  • Semiconductor Materials: Past and Future Applications
  • Six Sigma Manufacturing Methods
  • Space: Colonizing the Red Planet


"The Power of Engineering" 2015

Bucknell University
February 23, 2015

Click on the link below for topics this year:

TEAMS website

Background Information
The following background links will provide useful information in learning about energy and its relationship to engineering.

“ASME Renewable Energy Articles”

“Wind Engineering Public Reference”

“Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)”

“Analyzing the Emerging Technology of Concentrated Solar Power – 2014”

“Alternative and Renewable Energy”

Smart Home articles

“Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel”

“Safer Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel”

TEAMS Part 2 Essay Questions
Part 2 of the TEAMS competition requires each team to develop essay answers to questions posed about scenario topics.
Team members are expected to research the scenario topic areas prior to the competition and be prepared to answer questions on those topics. Team members may bring printed reference materials to the competition, however computers or any other devices that can connect to the internet are prohibited.
Guidelines for completing the TEAMS Part 2 essays:
  1. Students should research topic areas ahead of time and compile relevant materials to bring with them to the competition. (Only printed materials - ie: books and articles - are allowed. No computers or Internet-connected devices may be used in the competition room.)
  2. Each team should discuss and decide which team members will work on each essay.
  3. Students should develop outlines prior to writing the final essays.
  4. The outlines and final essays should be a collaborative effort among team members.
  5. Each submitted essay answer should be between 350 and 700 words.
  6. Essays should reflect the students’ own research, writing, and original thinking.
  7. Essays must be written in the students’ own words - sentences and/or paragraphs must not be
    copied from another source.
  8. If quoting from another body of work to support a relevant point, students must use quotation
    marks and credit the source.
  9. Reference sources must be cited - this may be done within the body of the essay, as a footnote
    or in a bibliography.
  10. Citations will be randomly checked for accuracy during the judging phase.
  11. Handwriting for submitted final essays must be legible or they will not be judged.
  12. Check for proper grammar and spelling.
  13. Final essays must be written on the two-part paper provided.
  14. Only the final version of the essay should be submitted for judging. Outlines and any draft
    versions will be collected by the host or proctor and may be returned to the coach (along with
    the yellow copy of the final essay) after March 22
  15. Final essays will be collected on competition day by the host/proctor in accordance with