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Baldwin students receive standing ovation in Capitol

May 4, 2012

TOPEKA – The Kansas Senate rose in a standing ovation this morning, following the introduction of a resolution recognizing and honoring members of the Baldwin High School design team for winning the Real World Design Challenge national title for the second time in three years.

“This team is a great example of what a quality public education can provide our sons and daughters,” said Senator Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, who introduced the senate resolution. “When students are given the tools to be the best and brightest we may take comfort they will not only meet today’s technological needs but also tomorrow’s challenges.

The national championship team includes Quint Heinecke, freshman and first year team member; Kaitlyn Barnes, junior and second year team member; Abby Clem, junior and first year team member; Carrie Dietz, junior and third year team member; MacKenzie Johnson, junior and second year team member; and Austin Kraus, junior and third year team member.

The team is coached by Pam Davis, an extended learning teacher for Baldwin High School.

For the competition, design teams were presented with a computer-designed fuselage. Their challenge was to digitally design tail sections and wings to complete a light-aviation aircraft. Teams were required to demonstrate that their design could take-off from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and safely land in Dayton, Ohio.

The Baldwin High design team was one of twenty-eight teams that competed in the first round of competition in February.

In the final round of competition, which took place at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, D.C. in late April, the Baldwin City team competed against two others from Nevada and Pennsylvania. Judges awarded the national title to Kansas based on the team’s presentation and responses to questions.

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual competition sponsored and supported by private organizations. High school students are provided an opportunity to work in a team setting to address an engineering challenge faced by U.S. industries.

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