High school teachers interested in having a team of students in grades 9-12 participate in the Ohio Governor’s Cup portion of the national Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) must register by Nov. 19. So far, Ohio has 17 groups enrolled and is tied with Florida for having the most state-level teams. Last year, in the state’s first year of participation, Ohio had more teams involved than any other state. Let's make Ohio number one again in the number of teams involved!
The challenge for state-level competitors is to create a flexible airplane wing design using composite materials. Student teams of up to seven members are provided six different software programs for technical and collaboration activities. They have access to a network of professional engineering mentors as they complete the analysis and modeling of their aviation design solutions. Ohio teams will be judged on Feb. 1, when the team with the best design will be selected for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national RWDC finals in mid-April.
Registered teams and their advisors will have access to weekly RWDC webinars and online tools. In addition, they may attend an information program during the Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association Fall Technology Workshops on Nov. 6 at Bexley High School in Columbus. For more details and to register for RWDC, click here. To view video from the 2010 RWDC national event, click here. For additional information, contact Ohio RWDC Coordinator Dick Dieffenderfer at (614) 644-7356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.