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West Virginia is one of 25 states in the U.S. to participate in the Reaawards ceremony of the Real World Design Challenge, U.S Department of Energy, at the Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC on March 21, 2009l World Design Challenge (RWDC).  The RWDC is designed to stimulate high school student interest in 3-dimensional design and modeling in the context of an authentic design context.  The 2010 - 2011 Design Challenge Topic is a Futuristic Wing.  More details about this challenge are posted in a variety of articles and web links in this collaborative.  Information about software, collaborations, and state-level coordination will be posted on this site.

Software to be featured in this video will include: Pro/ENGINEER 5.0 for geometric design; FloEFD.Pro fluid dynamics testing; Mathcad for asking what if questions that link to data analysis and 3D design and facilitate technical reporting ; NEi Nastran & Zona Aero for aero-elasticity (or wing flutter) testing.

Find out more by viewing the Real World Challenge Video at: http://www.ndep.us/LabTV.


Group Announcements

  • Real World Design Challenge State Coordinators Call - August 13, 2010 - Minutes
    Real World Design Challenge State Coordinators Call
    August 13, 2010 - Meeting Minutes

    Next RWDC State Coordinator Call: September 3, 2010

    1. New RWDC video out!
    The video is targeted at students and was produced with support from the Department of Defense. It is available on the Lab TV site at: http://www.ndep.us/LabTV.

    2. New Design Challenge for 2010/2011
    Challenge Topic: Futuristic Wing
    The students will design a wing of a Boeing 737. Traditional wings have the internal structure provide the strength of the wing and are covered by an aluminum skin. The new wing design will use a composite material as the skin of the wing which will provide the strength of the wing. Students will be asked to design a wing to optimize the performance of the plane.

    Software: Pro/ENGINEER 5.0 for geometric design; FloEFD.Pro fluid dynamics testing; Mathcad for asking what if questions that link to data analysis and 3D design and facilitate technical reporting ; NEi Nastran & Zona Aero for aero-elasticity (or wing flutter) testing. See the attached Getting Started Guide.

    Date for Launch: September 15 or October 4, 2010 (Based on completion of Challenge tasks & testing)

    3. New Training & Support

    PTC Academy & Webinars for Teachers & Students
    PTC has update PTC Academy and the new version will be better and be focused on learning Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0. Both new and returning teachers should go through the tutorials. This year we will be using the University edition of Pro/E. It has Mechanic which does structural analysis. We will be having new webinars for teachers and students after the Challenge launch. These will be videotaped and posted on the RWDC website.

    4. New Website
    New structure & Graphics
    We are updating the whole RWDC website. It will be easier to use and have all of the materials updated and re-written. There will also be new graphics as well. The URL will still be www.realworlddesignchallenge.org .

    5. Coming Windchill Product Point

    Start the year with Windchill Project Link & Transition to Product Point
    At the State Coordinators Meeting at the National Event we mentioned that we will have a new Windchill product called ProductPoint. It will allow easier management of team projects. State Coordinators and mentors will be able to see folders for each team under a state heading and have milestones for the teams that will be sent to us when they are reached and if they are not met. So if a team does not have a mentor we will know and be able to intervene. There will also be secure social networking tools embedded in Product Point. We will not be able to roll this out until later in the fall semester. However the transition from ProjectLink is easy to do.

    6. New Evaluation

    Key dates: Pre & Post
    We will be doing both a pre and post evaluation. Joyce Malyn-Smith has asked all who would like to provide input on the questions and the implementation to contact her at jmsmith@edc.org or 617-417-1421.
    7. National Event
    Dates: April 15-18, 2011
    We will be using the National 4-H Center and the National Air and Space Museum as venues again this year.
    8. Mentor Use
    How can we get teams to engage mentors earlier? Some suggestions were:
    a. Contact teams and ask them to be more proactive in reaching out to mentors.
    b. Assign at least one mentor to each registered team.
    c. Add a requirement that each team have at least one mentor to compete at the State Level Challenge.
    d. Send information to teams multiple times about the importance of having and using mentors.
    e. Be sure that local mentors sign up on the RWDC site as National Mentors so that team gets credit for using a “National Mentor” in the scoring process.
    f. Provide points for mentor use at the State Level Competition.

    How can we enhance mentor support of teams?
    a. Have a webinar on the use of mentors for the teachers and students early in the school year and follow up with email reminders to access mentors.
    b. Provide testimonials on how mentors work with schools.
    c. Let teams know that if they contact a mentor that is full to capacity they need to keep trying to contact others until they get the support they need.

    9. Recruitment
    Status
    Attached is a report on the teams that signed up by state.

    Strategy & Plans suggested to recruit teams:
    a. Present information at conferences.
    b. Send information out on list serves.
    c. Technology and other STEM conferences are good locations to spread the word. Doing presentations help. Contact Ralph Coppola for materials (PowerPoints, and other resources) rcoppola@ptc.com or 703-298-6630.
    d. Host education training days.
    e. Contact Project Lead The Way Schools and others that are already involved in engineering activities.

    Dr. Ralph K. Coppola
    Director, Real World Design Challenge &
    Director of Global Government & Strategic Education Programs
    PTC
    11710 Plaza America Drive
    Suite 2000
    Reston, Virginia 20190

    Office Phone: 703-871-5176
    Cell Phone: 703-298-6630
    Fax: 703-871-5111
    Email: rcoppola@ptc.com
  • September 25th Kick-off and Online Teacher Training
    Teachers can get trained online at http://www.ptcacademy.com.

    Dr. Ralph K. Coppola
    Director, Real World Design Challenge & Director Global Government & Strategic Education Programs
    PTC
    11710 Plaza America Drive
    Suite 2000
    Reston, VA 20190
    703-298-6639-C
    703-871-5176-W
    Email: rcoppola@ptc.comp

    Todd I. Ensign
    Program Manager
    NASA IV&V Facility
    Educator Resource Center
    100 University Drive
    Fairmont, WV 26554
    Voice: 304-367-8438
    E-Mail: todd.ensign@ivv.nasa.gov
    WWW: http://erc.ivv.nasa.gov


  • New RWDC Software Update
    Hi WV RWDC TEAM,
    This is breaking news. . . we are NOT, I repeat NOT using the Pro/E Schools Edition. Students can install that version on personal machines but to use some new plug-ins we need to have the University Edition. (See note below from Mark Yesterday.) I’m pretty surprised by this as can be noted that we just handed out 8GB USB drives to the new teams with the schools edition. . .

    Moving ahead. We had a small but great meeting last Saturday. Jenny did a great job organizing and Aleksander got everyone making a Boeing 737 wing.

    The official announcement of the challenge comes next week and I will be sending out more requests for involvement and to announce a Kick Off in Fairmont. How many of you could make a Friday the 15th of October event? I realize it is a school day, but my weekends are booked solid.

    -Todd

    Todd I. Ensign
    Program Manager
    NASA IV&V Facility
    Educator Resource Center
    100 University Drive
    Fairmont, WV 26554
    Voice: 304-367-8438
    E-Mail: todd.ensign@ivv.nasa.gov
    WWW: http://erc.ivv.nasa.gov


    The kick off meeting last weekend (September 25, 2010) went well. As for a similar kick off in Fairmont, I am available to do so on Friday the 15th as suggested by Todd. Looking forward to making this year’s challenge even better than last year’s!

    Thanks,

    Aleksander L. Marthinussen
    Aerospace Education Coordinator
    Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex
    P. O. Box 490, Bridgeport, WV 26330
    304.842.9415 office / 304.669.5750 cell
    aleksander@maacinc.com www.maacinc.com
  • Registration for 2011 RWDC Is Now Open - Nov 4, 2010
    Registration is now open for the 2010-2011 Real World Design Challenge!

    The Challenge is totally free to participate in and open to teams of 3-7 high school students. It is an aviation design competition that uses real engineering tools.

    We have added some new tools this year, and each teacher that participates gets more than $1 million in professional engineering software.

    Teams get access to mentors, and state winners get an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to compete in the National Finals.

    Please check out our new website www.realworlddesignchallenge.org and sign up.

    Regards,
    PTC Education



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