Norfolk Academy had an outstanding showing in the annual Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Math, and Science (TEAMS) competition, which was conducted virtually this year. In Virginia, Norfolk Academy had the top two spots in the 1th/12th grade category and the top three spots in the 9th/10th grade category. Top finishers usually will go on to compete at the national level, but this year, the organization is not running a national competition, due to the challenges of the pandemic.
Not surprisingly, this year's multiple choice scenarios reflected the current context, “Engineering Solutions in a Pandemic," with topics like engineering drones for no-contact delivery, modeling the spread of disease, and vaccine distribution.
“The TEAMS competition has traditionally relied heavily on face-to-face collaboration, I am impressed that our students were able to adapt so well to a virtual competition that hampered their ability to interact with each other," said Dr. Robert Call, Upper School Physics Teacher and advisor for TEAMS. “We are sad to see our seniors go, they have had a lot of success in the TEAMS competition. Our younger students are, remarkably, on a path to be even more successful."
The top two 11th/12th grade teams were as follows:
Team C (First in the state): Gavin Goss, Toria Kauffman, David Smythe, James Thompson
Team B (Second): Blake Brown, Olivia Danielson, Sidney Jordan, Harrison Summers
The top three 9th/10th teams were as follows:
Team A (First in the State): Micah Baum, Quinn Carroll, Lee McElligott, Jen Yuan
Team B (Second): Vignesh Akkina, Bella Burr, Noah Howell, Mitchell Moore
Team C (Third): Sam Bibeau, Bree Faulkner, Gretchen Scott, Marin Soderberg
Bravo and congratulations, Bulldogs!