Each year VES students compete in a competition called TEAMS (Test of Engineering Aptitude, Math, and Science). It requires the students to prepare for weeks in advance and compete in several categories over a full day against schools from across the state as well as schools in our region like E.C. Glass, New Covenant and Chatham Hall. The first part of the test is a very difficult multiple choice test, where the kids have to read background information and solve difficult problems using their mathematical knowledge and their deductive reasoning skills. The second part of the test is an essay, requiring the students to propose a solution to a problem. Each team has to find a solution, research it, discuss the economic and practical limitations and write a formal essay for their proposal. The final portion is a design and build challenge, where they are given some supplies and asked to design and build something – this year a device to move a water bottle from a particular starting point to a destination the exact size of the bottle. There are parameters to meet and they are graded on the efficient use of materials as well as the success of their device. All three sections are completed as a team and they have to work together the whole time, under the leadership of their team captain(s). This year, VES is eager to celebrate the success of all VES participants, particularly those who ranked high within their grade level.
9th/10th State Champions and Nationals Qualifiers: sophomores Johnny Zhou, Alison Guo, Sebastian Knebel and Amy Tran, and freshmen Katharine Caprise, Colin Walsh, Arghya Thallapragada and Jenny Liu
11th/12th State Runner-Up and Nationals Qualifiers: seniors Michelle Wu, Jason Yu and Helen Ma, and juniors Hannah Morris, Nate Baugher, Spencer Miles and Ebube Mbulu
11th/12th Nationals Qualifiers: seniors May Liu, Scott Hong, Bruno Paso and Tariq Fuller, and juniors Alida Tang, Max Wieboldt and William Hu
9th/10th 4th place finish: sophomores Abigail Hanning, Patrick Hardison and Tina Hui, and freshmen Virginia Haga, Harrison Irby, Rachel Xu and Maggie Zhang