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Annual Theme

Focused on a new theme each year, original academic and innovative concepts are developed for TEAMS based on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. Tackling these challenges requires critical job-readiness skills such as collaboration, analytical thinking, and multi-dimensional problem-solving. The 2023 TEAMS theme is “Engineering & Everyday Devices.”

Scenario Topics

The scenario topics below will be featured in the multiple choice portion of the 2023 competition. Each team will be assigned a combination of four of the following:


lightbulbLightbulbs and Illumination Engineering: Your team will explore how to conserve energy while maximizing light coverage and convenience for people who use space. Examine space lighting used for concerts, buildings, cinematography, and more.


CPU croppedThe Brain of Electronic Devices: Central Processing UnitYour team will learn about the main components of the central processing unit, the circuit designs of different components such as adders, registers, etc. and be introduced to the timer programming of processors and how to set it up for different applications such as lawn irrigation systems.


metal potEngineering Better Kitchen Gadgets: Your team will use idealized equations to analyze the process of cooking and the mechanisms by which kitchen gadgets can make the process safer and more effective.


bridge croppedBridges: Your team will be tasked with understanding many considerations related to bridges, including loading, forces, materials, and types of bridges. 


metal springsEngineering with Springs: Your team will explore different engineering disciplines - mechanical, industrial, and materials - involved in spring designs. Understand how engineers help in the design of spring systems by analyzing and specifying correct springs, or by developing new spring designs, as necessary.

iStock-108348709Flight: Your team will act as a member of an engineering team studying and designing flight and safety systems and will be responsible for the math associated with flight – from airplanes to hot air balloons. Since engineers often consider biomimicry, or designing according to something observed in nature, you may need to understand the physics of flight in birds or insects as well.


One-page overviews of each of the scenario topics with web links are available in the coach online account, once the coach has completed TEAMS registration.