Members of Mount Carmel's JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) participated in the annual TEAMS (Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) competition. Teams divided into three groups (8th grade, 9th and 10th grade, and 11th and 12th grade) worked together to design and build a support tower. Discovering new and innovative solutions in engineering means utilizing renewable power, such as solar power. Reflectors, typically positioned high on the tower and in direct light of the sun, focus the sun's energy to a focal point, which becomes extremely hot. The heat collected is used to generate power. The teams were challenged to build a tower to support the collector (represented by a tennis ball). Available materials included straws, pipe cleaners, paper clips, a tennis ball, and scissors. No other materials could be used. The towers were judged on the cost of materials (each item used, modified, or destroyed added to the overall total), the height (the higher, the better), and the fastest build (the number of minutes taken from start to completion). The ball was required to be supported by the tower, and the tower had to be free-standing. After a 10-minute brainstorming and sketching of ideas, teams had 45 minutes to build and test their designs.