Both Northview High School (NHS) and Clay City High School (CCHS) students will participate in the 2012 Junior Engineering and Technology Students (JETS) competition, beginning at 5 p.m.
"Sometimes our kids don't realize how good they are," CCHS chemistry teacher and JETS Coach Scott Stucky said. "Sometimes the kids go into the competition doubting themselves, but in the middle, they may surprise themselves and realize they do have the tools within themselves to solve these problems."
The students say their biggest challenge is finishing the test within specified time restrictions.
"We have to read so much information in so little time," CCHS senior Kendall Fowler said. "You have to figure out what information you will need and what is irrelevant."
The participating students say they use several different strategies to help them complete the tests within the allotted time.
"We split up into groups of two and work on separate sections of the test, and whoever finishes first moves on to the next section," CCHS senior Kole Smith said. "(The competition) really works your mind ..."
Students also study and practice to prepare themselves and keep their minds in shape.
All three CCHS seniors said participating in JETS is helping to prepare them for their future careers.
Both Fowler and Souder plan to earn degrees in Nursing. Souder said she is trying to choose between Indiana University (IU) or Indiana State University.
Smith said he is weighing both IU and RHIT.
"I think this year will us help us a lot, since the theme is centered around medicine," Souder told The Brazil Times. "And it also develops our test taking abilities."
NHS coach Kirsten Snow said one portion of the test contains 80 multiple-choice questions, focusing mainly on prosthetics and artificial joints.
NHS senior Dylan Dyer said he knows he will be more successful in a JETS competition if he focuses and maintains a clear, calm head.
"I like solving problems and the critical thinking part of it," Dyer said. "I try to get rid of everything else during the competition and read through everything carefully before (the team proceeds further with anything."
NHS senior Brogan Lucas said she also has great hopes for her first and last year as a JETS competitor.
"It's a new experience because I've never been on an academic team before," Lucas said. "I like solving problems, and I work everything out on paper."
According to Snow, the school's two varsity teams placed first and second in its division last year, while the junior varsity team also placed first.
Clay City High School's junior varsity and varsity teams placed second in its division.
"Nationally, we placed 60th, and people look at that and think it's not a very good placing," Stucky explained, "but that's out of 500 schools. With our size, I'm pretty happy with that."
CCHS's varsity team placed 67th out of 132 teams, and was one of only four Indiana teams to qualify for nationals.
Their junior varsity team placed 40th out of 50 teams and was one of only two schools from Indiana to qualify.
NHS's A team ranked 35th out of 123 other teams around the nation. The B team ranked 93rd and the C team came in 98th. The junior varsity team came in first at the state competition and ranked 42nd out of 50 other national teams.