High School students placed in the top
six in a national science competition back in April, but are now getting the chance to build their design.
Lauren Howell, Ting Wang, Autumn Deihl, Zach Booth, Austin Ray, Justin Barr and Chase Parsons make up the Real World Design Challenge team.
Parsons was the only member from last year's winning team and he recruited this year's members. The students earned a trip to the competition by finding success at the state level by winning the Governor's Cup in February.
The team's project is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to search for missing children. The students had to create a professional engineering design notebook and presentation, which required them to apply concepts in physics, calculus, marketing and public speaking.
A NASA representative, after viewing the design, encouraged the team to build their design with NASA's support. The team is currently working on organizing and creating a plan to construct the UAV. They will travel to the NASA facility in Fairmont to build the UAV.
According to their website, The Real World Design Challenge is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics workforce. The partners are focused on working within the context of the American educational system to transform STEM education in the United States by providing professional science and engineering and learning resources to students and teachers.
You can find out more about the Real World Design Challenge by clicking here.