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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Cranston West wins engineering competition at URI

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 1, 2002 -- Student engineers from Cranston West High School placed first place in the Rhode Island Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) Competition, held recently at the University of Rhode Island.

Sponsored by the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) and the URI College of Engineering, the TEAMS Competition is a two-part academic exam where teams of eight students work together on a series of multiple-choice questions related to various engineering situations. Students were also required to describe and defend their solutions on open-ended questions related to the problems from the first part of the exam.

Cranston West and four other Rhode Island schools all scored higher than the national average. Other participants include Blackstone-Millville Regional High School (second place), Tollgate High School (third place), Pilgrim High School (honorable mention), and Warwick Veterans High School (honorable mention).

The following participants made up the winning Cranston West team: Dominick aRusso, Robert Deluca, Andrew Ginsberg, Bryan Grossi, Kurt Matarese, Thomas Ricardo, Joe Salsbury, and James Turco.

TEAMS competitions are designed to help students build their problem-solving skills across several academic areas and learn to work cooperatively as group members during the competition. The experience introduces students to an engineering teamwork environment.

The JETS program is a national non-profit education organization that has served the pre-college engineering community for 50 years. JETS promotes interest in engineering, science, mathematics, and technology and is dedicated to providing real-world engineering and problem-solving experience to high school students through competitions and programs.

For Information: Bill Croasdale, 874-4161, Todd McLeish, 874-2116, Stephanie Paquette, 874-2116

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