High school drone designers head to D.C. this weekend

Spy-DroneIt might be said that the D.C. area already has more than its fair share of drones, but a weekend competition is bringing team of high school students to town to display their drone designs, as part of the annual Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) sponsored by Honeywell.

RWDC is an annual competition that provides high school students the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. The RWDC asks students around the country to address problems confronting our nation’s leading industries. This year’s challenge: student teams must design a drone (and business development plan for the drone’s commercial operation), to address invasive species attacking Iowa’s corn crops. The top three finalists will present in front of a panel of judges that will include government executives and top industry professors. Members of the winning team will each be awarded a $50,000 scholarship.

“The hands-on experience that the RWDC promotes is extremely beneficial for the future generation of engineers as it creates industry awareness and provides students with the opportunity to hone their skills prior to entering the workforce,” said Mike Madsen, Honeywell president for Defense & Space. “Honeywell strongly encourages STEM education and is proud to sponsor such an impactful event for the technical workforce of our future.”

“The contribution provided by Honeywell is making a significant impact on motivating students to pursue STEM educations and careers needed to stay competitive in the 21st century workforce,” said Dr. Ralph K. Coppola, Project Director for Real World Design Challenge. “This real world approach to learning allows students to realize their potential in making a substantive contribution to a real problem that the industry is facing today.”

Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate social responsibility initiative, promotes and sponsors many STEM initiatives such as RWDC. Honeywell sees a need for increased STEM education and with programs like these, we’re able to engage and inspire students and work towards creating a pipeline of talented young men and women who will become our future scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

For more information, see www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.



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