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Kettering Fairmont wins State Real World Design Challenge
for third year in a row

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Patrick Gallaway
(614) 728-5959

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2012

Columbus - The Ohio Department of Education announced today that a team of students from Kettering Fairmont High School is Ohio’s 2012 winner of the annual Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) competition. The Ohio winner will compete nationally in Washington, D.C., April 20-23.

“I extend my sincere congratulations to this talented and creative team from Kettering Fairmont High School,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Stan Heffner.  “This group provides a great example of how students can put the 21st-century skills they are learning in the classroom to work in a real-life situation.”
 
This year’s national event required high school students to follow Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design criteria for a  low-carbon-emission and environmentally friendly light sport aircraft – a problem-solving task that engaged physics with such details as wing and power loading, engine sizing and weight estimation. Kettering Fairmont’s winning team chose to create a plan for a glider plane. Coached by Dave Lord, who is a Project Lead The Way instructor at the school, members of the winning team are seniors John Borger and Melanie West and junior Damian Hughes. Industry mentors for the team were professionals from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Jackson Airport, Xenia.  Judges for the Ohio competition were from Columbus State Community College, Stanley Electric and Scientific Expert Analysis.

The first runner-up was a team from Beavercreek High School.

The RWDC has nearly 50 public and private sponsors across the country and support of 35 states, including Ohio and Governor John Kasich.