This year's competition theme was medicine and focused on how engineering is used to advance health informatics and develop better medicines.
According to the coach's manual, "original academic and innovative concepts are developed for the competition based on National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges ... Tackling such challenges requires such critical job-readiness skills as collaboration, analytical thinking and multidimensional problem-solving."
During the Feb. 16 competition at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the CCHS's varsity team placed second in division with a score of 41 on the multiple choice portion of their test.
Competitors in the same division included first-place scorer North Central High School, 50, and Vincennes Rivet High School, 34. The CCHS junior varsity team scored a 38, which earned them a first-place spot in Division 1, with only one other junior varsity team scoring higher than them in the entire competition. The Terre Haute South Vigo High School's junior varsity A team scored a 48 in Division 9. South's junior varsity B team scored a 37, Division 9; NHS scored a 28, Division 5 and Vincennes Rivet's junior varsity team scored a 26, Division 1.
NHS's A and B teams were both competitors in Division 5 and left the competition with scores of 40 and 41, respectively, and Northview's D team scored a 36 in Division 3.
Other school teams also in Division 3 include Robinson High School's A team, Robinson, Ill., scoring 52 (the second highest school in the competition), Robinson's varsity B and C teams scored 41 and 40, respectively; Casey-Westfield High School's (Ill.) team scored a 37, with West Vigo High School scoring a 34.
Terre Haute South Vigo High School's (THSV) varsity A team took home the highest score with a 68, Division 9.
Other teams who competed include THSV's varsity B team scored a 51, Div. 9, and Terre Haute North Vigo's varsity team captured a 50, Div. 9.
"I am really proud of how our TEAMS kids did this year," Clay City High School TEAMS coach Scott Stucky said. "We have a group and really good students who try hard and do well."
Competing schools have not received essay test results or state rankings yet, but Stucky said he expects to have outcomes by March or April.