Chatham Hall sponsors two teams for the Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science. This year, they both came in 2nd overall in Virginia, and the 9/10th grade team placed 1st nationally in the design/build category!
TEAMS is a three-part national engineering (essay, multiple choice and design/build) competition sponsored by Technology Student Association (TSA). The 2020 competition focused on Engineering in the Wild. In this competition a team of eight students work together to complete the tasks. Chatham Hall students completed the competition on March 1, 2020.
In order to prepare, students researched engineering issues involved in “Preserving the Wild in Sub-Saharan Africa,” “Transportation in the Frozen Tundra” and “Environmental Damages from Renewable Energy.” The essay involved researching and improving a design at a state zoo. The 9/10th essay concerned, “Tunnel System at a Virginia Zoo” which would allow patrons a better view and less disruption to the animals. The 11/12th students wrote about how to improve the zoo through temperature regulation and habitat expansion
In the design/build challenge, the two groups built a crane from a variety of items such as thread, bobbin, rubber bands and paper cups that would crank and hold a position. The crane locked and was filled with pennies.
Congratulations to both of our TEAMS groups and to the Chatham Hall math and science departments. We are in a division with schools with graduating classes up to 125 students, so this is an exceptional accomplishment!
A girls' boarding and day school in southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers advanced courses, global study and travel, as well as project-based learning. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.