Four Baldwin High School students were the first to win the inaugural U.S. Department of Energy’s Real World Design Challenge.
Senior Colin Busby, junior Lauren Barnes, sophomore Carson Barnes and sophomore Colby Soden were honored Tuesday in the office of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. They were given certificates and medals while meeting Sebelius in Topeka.
The team will represent the state at the national competition next month in Washington, D.C.
The students’ project was to design an airplane that improved fuel consumption. They met three times a week on average at the Barneses’ home over winter break and at the Baker University Library in the evenings and on Sundays.
They also spent many hours researching airplane wing designs, building them on 3-D software and testing them with fluid dynamics software.
“I’m proud these students have found innovative solutions to real-world challenges facing the engineering industry,” Sebelius said. “The skills they developed during the Real World Design Challenge will help them as they chart their careers and begin a lifetime of innovative leadership right here in Kansas.”