Archive for Monday, October 18, 2010

White House welcoming BHS design team champions

Gov. Mark Parkinson, center, awards students from Baldwin High School for winning the 2010 Real World Design Challenge. From left to right, Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, RJ Dake, Carrie Deitz, Mason Johnson, Mac Halpin, Carson Barnes, advisor Sandy Barnes, Shelby Gregory, Austin Kraus, advisor Pam Davis, Brandon Baltzell, Interim Commissioner of Education Diane M. DeBacker, Tom Foster and Rep. Tony Brown, D-Baldwin City.

Gov. Mark Parkinson, center, awards students from Baldwin High School for winning the 2010 Real World Design Challenge. From left to right, Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, RJ Dake, Carrie Deitz, Mason Johnson, Mac Halpin, Carson Barnes, advisor Sandy Barnes, Shelby Gregory, Austin Kraus, advisor Pam Davis, Brandon Baltzell, Interim Commissioner of Education Diane M. DeBacker, Tom Foster and Rep. Tony Brown, D-Baldwin City.

October 18, 2010

A White House visit and an audience with President Barack Obama are on tap today for four Baldwin High School students who were part of the school’s national championship Real World Design Challenge.

Seniors Brandon Baltzell, Carson Barnes, junior Shelby Gregory, and sophomore Carrie Deitz will be at the White House as guests of the president as part of the kickoff to this week’s White House Science Fair. Today’s events celebrate the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math competitions.

The White House Science Fair, administration officials said, fulfills a commitment the president made at the launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign in November 2009 to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade.

“If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too,” the president said in November.

The Baldwin High School Real World Design Challenge Team was named national champions of the design competition in March at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The students modeled new jet designs that reduce fuel consumption

In addition to Barnes, Baltzell, Gregory and Dietz, members of the national championship team were Mason Johnson, Mac Halpin and Austin Kraus.

Along with mentors from the Kansas University Department of Aerospace Engineering, the team had help from Extended Learning sponsor Pam Davis, as well as parent and engineer Sandy Barnes.

The White House Science Fair culminates with the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall and in 50 satellite locations.

At the White House Science Fair, Obama will view exhibits of winning student projects and will deliver remarks congratulating these students on their diligence, desire to tackle hard problems and drive to invent and discover.

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White House Science Fair

Comments

TheOnlyGreyghost 3 years, 6 months ago

A wonderful honor and totally deserved. This design team rocks!

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jgillispie 3 years, 6 months ago

I just heard from one of the parents that the BHS students were able to meet President Obama today. There will of course be a follow-up story on the trip in next week's Signal. They will get back home late Wednesday night, which is past our deadline so next week there will be a full story on their trip to Washington D.C.

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Torch 3 years, 6 months ago

Why were these children punished?!?!?!?!?

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Highstreet 3 years, 6 months ago

Quoted from another blogger: "I feel like mailing you $5 so you can buy a better life!" .

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TheOnlyGreyghost 3 years, 6 months ago

Way to act like an ass on an otherwise positive thread. No one's surprised.

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Torch 3 years, 6 months ago

Fortunately your opinion of me means nothing.

I'll take your $5.

And Greyghost you're nothing more than a blowhard yourself so go impress someone else with your self-righteousness.

The design team did a great job no doubt. But meeting that clown isn't that big a deal.

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TheOnlyGreyghost 3 years, 6 months ago

Got something nice to say to/about everyone, don't you, misfit? Whiny insults from you = compliments. Thanks!

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TheOnlyGreyghost 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the info, Jimmy. Will look forward to the article. This is a wonderful achievement. I know their families must be very proud--and justly so!

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rumpledforeskin 3 years, 6 months ago

That is tremendous. Something these students will remember for the rest of their lives. I am envious!

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