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 2020 TEAMS theme is “Engineering in the Wild.”
The following scenario topics will be featured in the multiple choice portion of the 2020 competition:
- Preserving the Wild in Sub-Saharan Africa: Your team will consider engineering applications in the wild where engineering intersects with the ecotourism industry and conservation
- Sustainable Land Development and Water Conservation: Your team will consider site selection and development patterns using sustainable design components such as alternative transportation, water reuse, and incorporation
of natural processes to reduce the environmental footprint of the development and preserve the wild.
- Engineering and Natural Systems: Your team will explore different nature-inspired algorithms and principles used to tackle large-scale problems in areas such as vehicle route planning.
- Electricity off the Grid and into the Wild: Your team will perform calculations and basic interpretations of real data in order to evaluate designs used in different environmental contexts.
- Environmental Damages from Renewable Energy: Your team will utilize effective design requirements to examine the trade-offs in using renewable energy to preserve the environment and the current balance of nature.
- Transportation in the Frozen Tundra: Your team will apply the laws of nature and time to determine the transportation of time sensitive cargo within a snowstorm in Alaska.
- Canopy Walkways for Wildlife Crossings: Your team will utilize various tools and formulas in order to understand and optimize the design of wildlife bridges.
- Biomimicry Engineering Designs in the Wild: Your team will use basic principles of physics and mechanics to understand and measure various aspects of different organisms and how they may
be used for new engineering designs.