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Real World Design Challenge

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How do you make an airplane more fuel efficient? That was the Real World Design Challenge this year -- and teams of high school students from across the United States competed to see who could design the best wing and tail for a business jet. Each year, RWDC provides millions of dollars in free software to schools -- so students can use the same tools as the professionals. Students also get online mentoring from scientists and engineers to help them develop and test their designs. The students like the technology piece -- but they also like the “contribution to society” piece of the program. They are solving today's problems -- today. "It's just really taking on challenges that you would never expect to find in high school," says a student from Hawaii. "Something that you never really get to do in class." Alabama joined the RWDC in 2012.
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Key Terms:

Aerodynamics
Lift
W
eight
Dragt
Thrust
Span
Taper ratio
Sweep
Engineering design
Engineering software

 

 

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  • Alpha Foundation
  • Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Hugh Kaul Foundation
  • Monte L. Moorer Foundation
  • Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust
Web-Interactive Field Trips
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Power
  • Books-A-Million
  • Children's of Alabama
  • Publix
  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting