High School Student Teams Design Unmanned Aircraft System and Ultra Fuel-Efficient Commercial Truck in National Competition
NEEDHAM, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 29, 2013 — PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), a Founding Member of the Real World Design Challenge®,(RWDC) congratulates the Aeronautical Dolphins for designing an unmanned aircraft to locate a lost child and The RamGT for designing an ultra fuel-efficient commercial truck to protect fuel and energy reserves.
Aeronautical Dolphins Team Photo (Photo: Business Wire)
The Real World Design Challenge is a national design competition with more than 7,800 high school students run by a public-private partnership with the goal of inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and careers.
Every student participated at no cost to themselves or their schools with partners donating more than a billion dollars to schools since the RWDC’s inception. More than forty partners from industry, government, and academia have come together to make this a reality. After a year-long competition, the best and brightest of student teams from 45 states and 6 U.S. territories came to compete in the national finals on April 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
The Aeronautical Dolphins from Marianas High School in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands designed an unmanned aircraft system that can locate lost children. The winning presentation also included a business plan to make the system financially viable for 50 rescue missions.
The RamGT from Rancho HS in Las Vegas, NV designed a next-generation truck with a highly-enhanced fuel efficiency in order to protect fuel and energy reserves in the United States. The winning solution also included a business and marketing plan to make the system financially viable.
“The RWDC provides students with a practical application of engineering and product design curriculum,” said John Stuart, senior vice president global education, PTC. “Students learn to think critically using a combination of business acumen, problem solving skills and leadership development to address real-world engineering and design challenges. PTC is proud to continue its support for this year’s competition.”
As a founding member of the RWDC, PTC supports the program on multiple fronts. PTC provides program management, software to each participating school, including PTC Creo® design software, PTC Windchill® collaboration software and PTC Mathcad® calculation software, introductions and connections to industry partners, team support and technical and administrative support.
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