Lincoln Land Community College is hosting the annual Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge Tuesday, Jan. 31 beginning at 10:20 a.m. in Cass Gymnasium at the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. An awards ceremony is being held at 1:05 p.m.
Students from 19 area high schools in the LLCC district are participating in the regional level competition. The Academic Challenge, hosted by more than 50 community colleges and universities in Illinois and Missouri, is sponsored by the WYSE office in the School of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIU-C). The regional level competition is being sponsored by LLCC, the WYSE office at UIU-C and the Capital Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE).
The participating high school teams compete in one of three divisions, which are based on school enrollment. Each team comprises six to 14 students who compete both individually and as a team against other schools in their division. Students test in their choice of two of seven different subjects— biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics. Test material for the Academic Challenge is created using high school senior and college freshman curricula to present a bridge between secondary and higher education. Tests are written by teams of faculty members at colleges and universities all across the United States and increase in level of difficulty as they progress from regional, to sectional and to state finals.
Individuals and school teams that place either first or second in their respective divisions at the regional level competition at LLCC advance to the sectional competition in March. Individuals and teams that score well at the sectional competition will advance to the state finals to be held April 17-20 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
For more information, visit the WYSE Academic Challenge website at http://wyse.engineering.illinois.edu/.