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 workplace.