Alabama Students Get Aerospace Design Challenge


By Lisa Blackwell

Alabama teams up with the Aerospace Industry to give students engineering design experience.

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey announced a partnership with Real World Design Challenge to give high school students a chance to use the latest in aerodynamic and aircraft design software.

Teams from participating high schools will compete to create a winning design.

Teachers will get one million dollars in professional engineering software.

Ralph Coppola, Director Real World Design Challenge, says, “The kids are allowed to take the software home and they actually use the software to do the design and develop analysis data to make decisions so they’re really getting to the process of engineering and learn how to be an engineer.”

Meriam Jemili, Student, Brewbaker Tech, says “My dad is a pilot so I got the idea of airplanes and designing them from him ad I would really like to consider this as a career if I have the opportunity.”

State winners will be chosen in February and will move onto the national Competition in Washington D.C.

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