STATEHOUSE – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced Friday that for the second time in three years, the team from Baldwin High School, USD 348, has won the national championship in the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) for aviation.
Teams from across the country competed for the award at the national competition, which took place at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. April 20-23. Today, the team was recognized on the floor of the Kansas Senate.
“On behalf of all Kansans, I want to congratulate Pam Davis and her students for their tremendous success in the Real World Design Challenge,” Gov. Brownback said. “Their hard work not only has brought them national recognition but has brought them education, career and life opportunities that they may not have previously considered.”
This is the second time the Baldwin High School Team has taken home the national trophy, the first time being in 2010. Last year, the team placed third in the competition.
“The opportunity to compete in the Real World Design Challenge, and the success our teams have had in the competition, have made a real difference for my students,” said team coach Pam Davis. “Four of my students have met President Obama, three of my students have participated in engineering internships over the summer, and most of the team members have received larger scholarships due to the oral presentation skills they have developed and their ability to confidently use CAD and other engineering software that is furnished to them. The students have also made important connections to mentors in industry who can help them in their future.”
The RWDC is an annual competition that provides high school students grades 9-12 the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, the teams are asked to address a challenge confronting a leading industry. This year’s challenge was to design an efficient, low-carbon-emission and environmentally friendly personal light sport aircraft that could accommodate two team members and fly 200 miles in less than two hours at a cruise altitude of 1,000 feet above ground level minimum.
The members of the 2012 Baldwin High School team are:
· Kaitlyn Barnes, grade 11
· Abby Clem, grade 11
· Carrie Deitz, grade 11
· Quint Heinecke, grade 9
· Mackenzie Johnson, grade 11
· Austin Kraus, grade 11
The team’s mentors are Sandy and Mark Barnes, Ottawa; Mark and Tanya Beyer, Wichita; Dr. Brandon Buerge, Newton; and Chris Hedden, Lawrence. Congratulations!