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NDA Teams Perform Well at National Engineering Competition

Notre Dame Academy’s JETS club (Junior Engineering Technology Society) had three teams participate in the TEAMS competition this year under the direction of NDA science teacher Diane Goldcamp.

The theme of the event was “Engineering the Tools of Innovation” which allowed students to deepen their knowledge of the tools engineers use to solve problems. Students researched many topics prior to the competition, including energy efficiency, Genomics: sequencing DNA, Optical Physics, semiconductor materials, and the Six Sigma Manufacturing Methods.

At the TEAMS competition, members on these teams collaborate in small groups of eight students to complete a test consisting of two parts; a Multiple-Choice test, and written essays on these engineering topics. The Multiple Choice Part of the test, Part I, was scored on-site and students were aware of their results. The Essays, Part II, are scored at a later time. A third component this year included an observation of how the students work together to solve an engineering problem.

The results for the Freshman-Sophomore Team: Libby Roebker, Onali Fernando, Maya Decker, Megan Bezold, Carissa Jones, Haley Planicka, Angela Kyntchev, and Emily Thaman.

• 2016 State Division II Ranking (Part 1 only) - Ranked 1st out of 6 schools in Kentucky.

• 2016 National Division II Ranking (Part 1 only) - 21st place out of 38 schools

• 2016 Part 1 State Ranking (no division) - Ranked 2nd out of 6 Kentucky schools

• 2016 Part 1 Nation Ranking (no division) - Ranked 37th out of 303 schools

• Overall State Ranking (Parts 1 & 2 combined) - Ranked 2nd out of 6 schools in Kentucky

The results for the Junior-Senior Team A: Malea Rolfsen, Kelsey Sucher, Lily Thaman, Kirsten Richards, Christa Saelinger, Megan Saelinger, Shannon Saelinger, and Emily Walter.

• 2016 State Division II Ranking (Part 1 only) - Ranked 2nd out of 15 Kentucky schools

• 2016 National Division II Ranking (Part 1 only) - Ranked 19th out of 71 schools

• 2016 Part 1 State Ranking (no division) - Ranked 6th out of 15 Kentucky schools

• 2016 Part 1 Nation Ranking (no division) - Ranked 27th out of 655 schools

• Overall State Ranking (Parts 1 & 2 combined) - Ranked 6th out of 15 Kentucky schools

The results for the Junior-Senior Team B: Julia James, Jo Meyer-Hogan, Paige Montfort, Cat Meadows, Jackie Noll, Amanda Sauer, Annie Lee, and Kylie Moellering.

• 2016 State Division II Ranking (Part 1 only) - Ranked 3rd out of 15 Kentucky schools

• 2016 National Division II Ranking (Part 1 only) - Ranked 27th out of 71 schools

• 2016 Part 1 State Ranking (no division) - Ranked 8th out of 15 Kentucky schools

• 2016 Part 1 Nation Ranking (no division) - Ranked 38th out of 655 schools

• Overall State Ranking (Parts 1 & 2 combined) - Ranked 10th out of 15 schools in Kentucky

- Staff report/Photo: NDA Team Freshman-Sophomore Team, Junior Seniors Teams A & B (provided)