•            Welcome to the Richwood's WYSE team website!
     2016 Team - 2nd place at sectionals!
                                  The 2016 Team after placing 2nd at sectionals!
    *Please note: The tryout results posted above show the names of the students who will compete at our regional competition February 9th. Up to two additional names may be added if I can find students demonstrating skill in either computer science or engineering graphics
    What is WYSE? 
    WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) is an international program housed at the University of Illinois focused on attracting talented students into the fields of science and engineering. Richwoods competes in the WYSE Academic Challenge, a competitive series of tests given to high school students across Illinois and Missouri. Test material is drawn from upper level high school and freshman college curricula. Teams compete in the following categories:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • English
    • Engineering Graphics
    • Mathematics
    • Physics 
    How does it work?
    Students tryout for the team in Nov./Dec. by taking previous year's exams in categories of their choosing, typically after school in Mr. Baumgardner's room. A fourteen person team is chosen at the end of the tryout period. The team is chosen based on tryout test scores, team needs and student commitment to preparation for competition. Team members are expected to meet with teachers from their respective category at least weekly from the time they are chosen for the team until the final competition. Students chosen for the team are tested in two of the above categories at the regional competition on February 7th at ICC, with the top two teams advancing to sectionals in March and state in April. Students can advance to sectionals and state as a group based on overall team score or as an individual if they place in the top three in their respective category.
    Where can I learn more?
    Stop by and talk to Mr. Baumgardner in room 402  or email me (joseph.baumgardner@psd150.org) for more information. You can see previous year's tests in the exam archive below - use them to prepare for tryouts and our first competition. We placed 7th in state last year with individuals medaling at all levels of competition, and we are looking forward to improving on that this year!
    How do I tryout?
    The first thing you should do is visit the exam archive below and start looking through old tests to prepare. Tryouts will be from Nov. 28th - Dec. 14th after school in Mr. Baumgardner's room unless other arrangements are made. Each test is 40 minutes, and you may take up to two tests each day. You must test in at least two areas, though it is to your benefit to test in additional areas you're skilled in - we need a complete team and you never know what subject areas will be needed. Computer Science and Engineering Graphics are always weak points, so if you have talent at either area you should try out!
    Exam Archive 
    Sample tests with answer keys can be obtained at the WYSE exam archive (click here). Use the password "Wyse2014" to obtain access.

    Club/Group/Activity Description


    Club, Group, or Activity:

    WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering)



    Mr. Baumgardner



    2nd & 3rd grading period (as scheduled)



    Room 402



    The WYSE team competes in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge, a series of competitions focusing on seven subject areas: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Graphics/Drafting, English, Mathematics, and Physics.




    Interested students tryout for the team by taking tests in at least two of the subject areas. Chosen students will work with a teacher in their subject areas as well as outside of school to prepare for the regional competition in the spring. The team and/or individual students can advance to sectional and state competitions.