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Apr
25

AP Physics team tops nation in TEAMS competition

Archbishop McNicholas High School’s Advanced Placement Physics 2 class recently competed in the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) at the University of Cincinnati. TEAMS is a one-day engineering competition where high school students collaborate and apply math and science skills to solve real-world engineering issues.

The 2017 TEAMS competition, “Engineering the Environment,” explored areas such as energy efficiency, geothermal heat pumps, and wastewater treatment. As part of the challenge, the team constructed a robotic arm from homemade parts and participated in the multiple choice and essay portions of the contest.

The McNicholas team placed first in their division at UC and first place in the nation for the multiple choice scoring. The team posted a seventh place overall finish their division in state, and 22nd of 97 teams overall for their division nationally. Consequently, the team has qualified for the national competition to be held in Orlando this summer.

The team members included (left to right below) seniors Noah Pasco, Zac Chen, Zach Woodke, Nate Rivard, Evan Pour, Katie McHugh, Liz Beck, and Ken Zhao under the guidance of physics teacher Mr. Jon Spurlock.

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