How much does it cost to participate?
$150 for the first team from your school and $100 for each additional team. This fee is collected by the national organization, JETS.
How many teams can I bring?
There is no limit to the number of teams a school can bring; however, there cannot be more than 8 students on a team.
Who can participate in TEAMS?
All students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete in TEAMS. Students can be from high schools-public, private, home schools-youth groups or clubs and organizations (Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H, Junior Achievement, etc.).
What time does the competition start and finish?
Typically, the competition starts around 10:00AM and concludes with the awards ceremony around 3:00PM.
Is lunch provided?
Yes, lunch is provided... compliments of the NDSU College of Engineering.
How much do we need to prepare?
This varies by team. Some do no preparation and just show up for the competition. Others do some preparation prior to coming.
JETS provides several resources for helping your team prepare. Beginning in October, JETS will release competition scenarios which highlight the general engineering topics that will be presented the day of the competition. The scenarios can be used to your team's advantage when preparing. For example:
- Encourage your team members to begin researching unfamiliar terms and engineering principles.
- Have students consider the challenge that is presented and explore what types of engineers might be involved in developing the solution(s).
You may also work with your students on actual competition questions from previous years. Sample questions and complete competition sets are available for free online at the JETS website.
How are the scores calculated?
Part 1 and Part 2 are scored separately.
Part 1 is scored by the Host the day your team(s) participates in the competition. These scores are used to determine a team's local and state rankings, and potential to become a National Finalist. The Part I score is equal to the number of questions answered correctly from the 80 multiple-choice questions posed. Each question is worth one point for a total of 80 points. So, if a team answers 50 questions correctly, their Part 1 score is 50; no percentages are used.
Part 2 is scored after the competition concludes by a TEAMS committee and is worth a total of 400 possible points (100 points per question). Part 2 scores determine all National Finalist team's national ranking.
What should we bring?
Each team member should bring at least 5 - #2 PENCILS, sharpened with erasers, an approved four-function, scientific or graphing CALCULATOR, one STAPLER, any reference books, periodic charts, special equations, lab notes, class notes or other written materials.