Archive for Friday, February 18, 2011

Baldwin High School wins state’s design challenge for third consecutive year

The Baldwin High School Real World Design Team reacts Saturday in Washington, D.C., after winning the national title competition. From left are Carson Barnes, Brandon Baltzell, holding the trophy from the FAA, Carrie Deitz, holding the governor’s cup, which will be presented to the governor, Shelby Gregory, making sure Deitz doesn’t drop it, Mason Johnson, holding the team trophy, Austin Kraus, holding the aircraft trophy, and Mac Halpin, holding an engraved Apple iTouch, which all team members received.

The Baldwin High School Real World Design Team reacts Saturday in Washington, D.C., after winning the national title competition. From left are Carson Barnes, Brandon Baltzell, holding the trophy from the FAA, Carrie Deitz, holding the governor’s cup, which will be presented to the governor, Shelby Gregory, making sure Deitz doesn’t drop it, Mason Johnson, holding the team trophy, Austin Kraus, holding the aircraft trophy, and Mac Halpin, holding an engraved Apple iTouch, which all team members received.

February 18, 2011

TOPEKA— Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today students from Baldwin High School won the 2011 Kansas Real World Design Challenge.

The team will represent Kansas in the national competition April 15-18 at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

"It is a distinct honor for me to recognize these students and commend them for their ingenuity and creativity in addressing a pressing challenge in the aviation industry," Gov. Brownback said. "As we move forward in the 21st century economy, it will be imperative that our students develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to address these types of challenges."

Baldwin High School has won the state competition each year since the inception of the program in 2009. Last year’s team went on to win the national competition. The team beat out 22 other schools to win the state competition this year. The members of the winning team are:

· Brandon Baltzell, grade 12

· Carson Barnes, grade 12

· Kaitlyn Barnes, grade 10

· Carrie Dietz, grade 10

· Mac Halpin, grade 10

· Mackenzie Johnson, grade 10

· Austin Kraus, grade 10

The team’s coach is Pam Davis and its mentors are Sandy Barnes, Ottawa; Mark Beyer, Wichtia; Chris Hedden, Lawrence; and Andrew Hahn, Hampton, VA.

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 use aeroelastic tailoring to design the exterior geometry and interior structure of an airliner wing in a manner that maximizes both fuel efficiency and aerodynamic efficiency.

For more information on the RWDC or to get involved, contact Kansas’ RWDC Coordinator Sid Cooley by email at scooley@ksde.org or by phone at 785-296-3486. Information is also available online at www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.

Comments

Peabody 3 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations to Baldwin City's 2011 Real World Design Challenge team! You have established a record of success over the past three years that is truly remarkable. Best of luck to you at the national competition in April.

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TheOnlyGreyghost 3 years, 10 months ago

This team rocks! Congratulations to all of you--including parents, teachers, & various mentors & supporters. Have a great time at the Nationals & always follow your dreams.

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