Guilford County Schools' STEM Team Places Third in National Competition

NCDPI News Release

For immediate release

Nov. 20, 2015


Guilford County Schools’ STEM Team Places Third in
National Competition

Congratulations to Team AeroHead from STEM Early College NC A & T (Guilford County Schools) for placing 3rd nationally in The Real World Design Challenge. This annual high school STEM competition focuses on Unmanned Aerial Systems and precision agriculture. Teams representing 19 states participated in this year’s challenge.

“The Real World Design Challenge embodies the core of STEM education—hands-on learning that engages and excites students,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “I commend Team AeroHead for designing a smart, innovative solution to a problem faced by farmers across our state.”

This year’s competition objective specifically targeted the efficient application of pesticide to control local crop predation. Competing teams employed concepts from engineering technology to support product improvement, industrial processes and operational functions. The goal was to identify, compare, analyze, demonstrate, and defend the most appropriate component combinations, system/subsystem design, operational methods, and business case to support the challenge scenario.

Teams were judged on their Engineering Design Notebooks, which entailed a detailed 80-page report of their technical work defending their project research. Each state’s winning team was invited to the National Challenge whereby presentations addressing their findings were presented before panels of expert Challenge Judges representing industry, university, engineering and aviation.

The top three teams each received a trophy and each student on the first place team will receive $50,000 scholarships at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

For more information on the competition, visit the Real World Design Challenge website or contact NCDPI STEM Project Manager Tina Marcus.