HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lt. Governor Brian Schatz announced
Friday that Sacred Hearts Academy won first place in the Hawaii Real World
Design Challenge (RWDC). This year's challenge was to design an
efficient and eco-friendly light sport aircraft.
The five Sacred Hearts Academy girls will represent Hawaii at the
RWDC national competition in Washington D.C., April 20-23 completing an
additional challenge for the national competition.
The girls, under the direction of Deborah Kula, Sacred
Hearts Academy mathematics department chair and mentor Reid Noguchi, Aeronautical
Engineer at BAE Systems, began research in October 2011 finalizing the project
by February 6, 2012.
The Academy also won the 2011 Hawaii Real World Design Challenge
and earned the prestigious Judge's Award at the national competition.
The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition
that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on
real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student
teams are asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation's leading
industries. Students utilize professional engineering software to develop their
solutions and generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of
their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the
lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the