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JETS Team is Best in State

Pictured from left to right are Mitchell Otis, Patric King, Austin Ibele, and Caleb Arp (Top Row); Luke Hansen, Dylan Tucker, Ashe Simpson, and Erika Parker (Bottom Row).

The Piedmont Junior Engineering and Technology Society (JETS) is the best in the state of North Carolina! On March 2, eight students from the JETS Club travelled to UNCC to participate in the TEAMS competition. This competition is an annual high school event that challenges students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real everyday engineering challenges. The State championship team was comprised of Ashe Simpson, Austin Ibele, Caleb Arp, Patric King, Luke Hansen, Erika Parker, Mitchell Otis, and Dylan Tucker. 

To prepare for the competition, each school and group received preparatory materials including a Coach Guide, competition scenarios, or topics that would be presented during the event, supplemental hands-on activities, lesson plans and tips for group decision-making and problem-solving strategies.  According to Arp, “We really didn’t have very much time to prepare but felt really good about our performance on the test after the competition.” After participating in TEAMS, students increase their knowledge of engineering, feel more confident about participating in engineering activities, and increase their ability to work with others to solve complex problems. The TEAM competition consisted of an 80 question test about engineering and solving the global energy crisis. This year’s competition theme was “Smarter Energy, Cleaner Planet”. The Piedmont JETS team scored 66 out of 80, which was the best score among all other high schools who took the test statewide.  In fact, the team’s score was also among the best in the entire Southeast region! 
JETS of Charlotte sponsored the competition at UNCC and the students were coached by Tradd Medford. When asked about how it feels to be the best in the state, Ashe stated “It feels good to know that we were better prepared through the help of Mr. Medford and the other AP teachers at Piedmont.” The entire team attributes their AP classes as having had the biggest impact on their success in the competition.  All students have completed advanced science courses and most will be pursuing a college degree in an engineering or science-related field. Mr. Medford was very impressed by the JETS team performance, and Austin added that, “It feels great to know that we beat out all the other schools in North Carolina and this is a really big accomplishment. I’d like to thank all the teachers who have aided in our preparation over the past three years.”
Congratulations JETS team on being the best in the State!

Written by: Donna Helms
Posted: Apr 15, 2011 by Donna Helms

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