Real World Design Challenge (RWDC)
Sponsored by public/private partnership -- for high school design teams
The RWDC is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce in the USA. The RWDC began in 2008 through a partnership between industry, government, academia, and non-profits. The partners were committed to bringing a program to schools that:
- brought professional engineering resources into the classroom
- was free to participate in
- could scale to every school in the United States
Every teacher participating in the RWDC gets up to $1 million in professional engineering software, along with training, curriculum materials, and access to mentors. Teams of 3-7 high school students use these resources to solve an engineering challenge currently faced by industry.
Students first compete in a state-level Governor’s Cup. The winning team in each state gets an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to compete in the national finals.
The Challenges, to date, have been focused on the aerospace industry, but as the RWDC grows, other content areas will be added. The RWDC is constantly looking for new partner organizations, states, and school teams to participate, so now is the perfect time to get involved!