Several Embry-Riddle Worldwide faculty and staff members were on hand Thursday in Washington, D.C., to help announce the scenario for the 2014 Real World Design Challenge: from left, Dr. Brian Sanders (ERAU), Anthony Coppola (PTC/Real World Design Challenge), Dr. Ken Witcher (ERAU), Dr. Ralph Coppola (RWDC), Dr. Watret (ERAU), Dr. Brent Terwilliger (ERAU), Dr. Andrew Shepherd (Sinclair Community College), and Dr. Adeel Khalid (ERAU)
Daytona Beach, Fla. — Representatives from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide unveiled the 2014 Real World Design Challenge scenario in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
High school students participating in this year’s challenge will tackle a scenario that focuses on the design and implementation of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to increase food production for the world’s growing population through precision agriculture.
Over the next few months, teams will provide a solution to the challenge and be judged at the state level. A winner will be selected at the national finals in November 2014. The competition is free to enter, and teachers will receive $1 million in professional engineering software along with training, curriculum materials and access to mentors. Each member of the winning team will receive a $50,000 scholarship to attend any one of Embry-Riddle’s three campuses.
“Embry-Riddle Worldwide is honored to be involved with the Real World Design Challenge on several levels this year,” said Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor John R. Watret, Ph.D. “Our faculty has done an excellent job in developing a scenario that will promote critical thinking and problem solving in an interactive and experiential setting.”
Watret joined faculty member Brent Terwilliger and Embry-Riddle Worldwide alumnus Andrew Shepherd for the scenario presentation before an audience of industry, education and government representatives. Shepherd is an adjunct instructor for Embry-Riddle Worldwide and serves as director of unmanned aerial systems with Workforce Development at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Sinclair provided support to this year’s challenge development through the college’s UAS Training and Certification Center.
“Our leadership recognized this as a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the furthering of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and create a highly relevant and valuable experience for future college students, engineers and system developers,” said Terwilliger, Embry-Riddle Worldwide assistant professor of aeronautics and UAS discipline chair. “The support from my colleagues and leadership for this project has been exceptional and truly representative of the dedication and knowledge that is associated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide.”
Since 2008, the Real World Design Challenge has engaged more than 12,000 students nationally. Through public and private partnerships, the organization’s goal is to establish a foundation for a stable science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce.
“The Embry-Riddle design team has helped to take the Challenge to a whole new level,” said Ralph Coppola, president and founder of the Real World Design Challenge. “This will allow us to raise the academic quality of the experience for the teachers and students. Consequently, we will be more effective in building the STEM workforce.”
Other Embry-Riddle faculty and staff who assisted on the project include:
To read more about Embry-Riddle Worldwide's STEM initiative, please visit stemacademy.erau.edu.
About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit worldwide.erau.edu, follow us on Twitter (@ERAUworldwide) and www.facebook.com/EmbryRiddleWorldwide, and find expert videos at http://www.YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.
About Real World Design Challenge
The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. The partners are focused on working within the context of the American educational system to transform STEM education in the United States by providing professional science and engineering and learning resources to students and teachers. For more information, visit www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.