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Future engineers tackle clean-water challenge

February 16, 2010


ASU TEAMS Competition

Test of Engineering Aptitude, Math and Science: “Water, Water Everywhere”

Organized by ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Nineteen teams of students from 10 Valley high schools compete in scholastic tests designed to provide them experience in applying the fundamentals of engineering – and show them how creativity combined with skills in math and science can have big impacts on the world.


Memorial Union, Arizona Room #221, ASU Tempe Campus


8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
 Feb. 26


Students tackle engineering problems based on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges, which define the most critical advances that engineers must achieve to meet the world’s needs in the 21st century. For this competition, students will focus on the global need to provide the planet’s growing population with one of the most vital resources: clean water.

The student team that performs the best nationally in TEAMS competitions wins a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. 

The competition tests the students’ dedication, diligence and persistence, says Peggy Fussell, a student recruitment and retention specialist for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. “They are dealing with college-level engineering problems. But the tough challenges help them realize that in the future they could contribute to solutions to global needs such as developing sustainable sources of clean water.” 


Teams from:
Casa Grande Union High School 

Chaparral High School in Scottsdale
Desert Vista High School in Tempe

Florence High School 
Liberty High School in Peoria
Mountain Pointe in Phoenix
Peoria High School

Phoenix Country Day School

Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix
Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix

Shadow Mountain and Phoenix Country Day School are returning after impressive performances in the 2009 TEAMS competition. Shadow Mountain placed fourth and Phoenix Country Day placed fifth in their divisions against 48 other national division teams.


TEAMS is organized by the national Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS), a leading non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring America’s youth to pursue careers in engineering and technology. JETS coordinates student competitions, provides academic resources and career exploration materials to help students make informed decisions about their futures.

Like the other signature JETS programs, TEAMS is designed to encourage more American students to pursue engineering careers by showing them how engineering impacts everyday life and how engineers help solve global and community problems – from building roads and bridges, to developing water-purification systems for developing countries, to inventing alternative sources of energy to fuel our cars and keep our homes warm and cool.

Each year, JETS programs involve more than 40,000 students and 10,000 educators from 6,000 high schools across the country.  JETS participants are a diverse group – more than 50 percent are from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in engineering and technology fields, including one-third who are female.


See the website:

More information about JETS:

Peggy Fussell,      

Office of Academic and Student Affairs
(480) 965-3765

Joe Kullman,
(480) 965-8122 office
(480) 773-1364 mobile

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering