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Baldwin High design team wins national title

A group of Baldwin High School students and parents greet the BHS Real World Design Challenge team Monday afternoon. The BHS team won the national competition Saturday.

A group of Baldwin High School students and parents greet the BHS Real World Design Challenge team Monday afternoon. The BHS team won the national competition Saturday.

March 30, 2010

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The Baldwin High School Real World Design Challenge Team accepts the trophy for winning the national design competition, defeating finalists from Hawaii and Minnesota.

The Baldwin High School Real World Design Challenge Team accepts the trophy for winning the national design competition, defeating finalists from Hawaii and Minnesota.

— Kansas won a national title this weekend and it wasn’t in basketball. Instead, it was in a high school engineering contest.

The Baldwin High School Real World Design Challenge Team was named the national champions of the design competition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The seven students and two mentors returned home to a small crowd of supporters Monday afternoon.

“It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life,” BHS senior Mason Johnson said. “It was pretty much unreal to win the whole thing and beat Hawaii, because they won it last year. It was just awesome.”

The Real World Design Challenge encourages students in grades 9-12 to solve real problems currently faced by the engineering industry while encouraging them to get excited about science and engineering careers. The challenge is designed by professionals from industry, academia and government.

The 2010 challenge addressed fuel efficiency in aviation.

On Saturday morning, the BHS team was named one of the three finalists out of 26 states and made a final presentation Saturday evening at the IMAX Theater at the National Air and Space Museum.

After BHS defeated finalists from Hawaii and Minnesota and was announced the winner, excitement emanated from everyone, including BHS teacher Pam Davis.

“The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind of excitement,” Davis said. “It’s been wonderful. It’s blown my mind. The kids have been so excited. They told me it was 10 times more fun than they thought it was going to be.”

The Baldwin High team also won an award for outstanding mentor collaboration. Sandy Barnes, the mother of BHS junior Carson Barnes, was the Bulldogs’ mentor.

The team consists of students Carson Barnes, Brandon Baltzell, Johnson, Shelby Gregory, Carrie Dietz, Mac Halpin and Austin Kraus.

A Baldwin High team participated in the national contest a year ago, but didn’t place. BHS has won the state competition both years since its inception in 2009.

Comments

RWDC 4 years ago

thanks for all of the support! it was an incredible experience and something we will never forget. the FAA also published this on their website if anyone is interested in looking at it.

https://employees.faa.gov/news/focusfaa/story/index.cfm?newsId=60570

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vanguard3 4 years ago

Teamwork, a commitment to excellence, and concern for achievement; you young'ns have bright futures, indeed.

Congratulations to all participants, and, especially, to teachers and mentors.

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Beth Bird 4 years ago

CONGRATS! What an honor!

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mom_of_three 4 years ago

Kudos to Baldwin students.
But students are recognized in the paper for their accomplishments, such as two weeks ago, the academic allstar and the runner ups, the honor roll, Artstar, act/sat scores, national merit scholars. But KU has a junior high engineering event each year, and I hardly notice it. Don't know if that stuff sells papers like sports and national news.
You just notice the sports more, because games are almost daily between the different sports and schools.
Maybe LJW needs someone to start a blog about this stuff to toot the horns of kids.

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Belinda Rehmer 4 years ago

What a great reward for all that extra time and work! This TEAM of students, parent and teacher worked many extra hours AFTER school, on weekends and holidays and deserve a great big thank you for representing our state/schools so well. CONGRATULATIONS you deserve it!

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trfcprincess 4 years ago

Here's the information of this year's challengd:

This year’s National Challenge was to design and optimize a business jet wing and tail for a flight condition of 400 knots true airspeed and altitude of 37,000 feet (standard atmosphere). The final configuration must balance Lift and Weight, Thrust and Drag, and zero pitching moments. The details of the challenge are at:

http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org/pdf/RWDC_National_Challenge_2010.pdf

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collaborator 4 years ago

The above link has not been updated with the 2010 challenge and winners. Baldwin's presentation should be uploaded to this site in the near future. They will also be presenting it to the Kansas State Department of Education.

These students and coaches put an incredible number of hours into the project, all outside of scheduled classes. They also gave up much of their winter and spring breaks to finish and submit the state and national solutions. Congratulations!

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thebigspoon 4 years ago

http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org/

Try this for starters,and then just explore the site. This is prestigious beyond belief.

Great job, kids, and huge kudos for your work and that of your mentors. Also to the administration at the school for your encouragement and confidence in the kids and their education. This is what sschool is for.

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superduper 4 years ago

That's awesome! I love seeing kids excited about science and engineering.

I would like to know more about what their challenge and the competition. Any links?

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John Spencer 4 years ago

Well done all! Is there any more information on what they did exactly, what the design is or their presentation?

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sciencegeek 4 years ago

Well done! It is SO good to see students recognized for something other than sports.

These kids are making a contribution already, in a field that matters to all of us. They should get major, MAJOR positive feedback.

You kids absolutely ROCK!!!

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