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real-world-design-challenge-2017MassDOT’s Aeronautics Division is pleased to announce Phillips Academy Andover as the 2017 National and International winners of the ninth Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) National Championship held April 20-22 in Washington D.C.

The Phillips Academy Andover team members are students Kunal Vaishnavi, Vishvesh Dhar, Alex El Adl, Rudie Wang, Stephen Kelly and Sebastian Frankel along with coaches Dr. Clyfe Beckwith and Michael Blake.  State Champion Teams from across the United States and China competed.  The 2017 challenge was to design an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and associated unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that is a multipurpose tool for the farmer.  All of the teams submitted an 80-page Engineering Design Notebooks in advance of coming to Washington.  A team of Technical Judges evaluated the Engineering Design Notebooks.  All teams did presentations before panels of Challenge Judges who identified the top three teams. The top three teams then presented before a panel of Blue Ribbon Judges who identified the National Champions.

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, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation’s leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace.

To learn more, visit the RWDC website or contact Steve Rawding, Massachusetts State Real World Design Challenge Coordinator, Steven.Rawding@dot.state.ma.us.

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