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2021 TEAMS LogoAnnual 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 2021 TEAMS theme is “Engineering Solutions in a Pandemic.”

Scenario Topics

Below is a list of the multiple choice scenario topics for “Engineering Solutions in a Pandemic.” Each team will not address the same scenario topics; instead, each team will see four randomly selected scenarios from among the topics on the list. All members of a team will see the same scenarios and the same questions. High school teams will answer 40 multiple choice questions, middle school teams will answer 32 multiple choice questions.

  1. Engineering Vaccine Distribution
  2. Modeling Spread of Disease
  3. Non-Humans and the Pandemic
  4. Engineering Drones for No-Contact Delivery
  5. Artificial Intelligence for Human Monitoring
  6. Working From Home During a Quarantine
  7. Communication in a Pandemic
  8. Finding Toilet Paper During a Pandemic


One-page overviews of each of the scenario topics will be available soon in the coach online account.