The Marianas High School's Aeronautical Dolphins emerged victorious in this year's Real World Design Challenge after being named champion once again in both state and regional contests, earning the slot to represent the Public School System and the Pacific region at the nationals.
The local students bested competitors from Guam, Micronesia, and American Samoa.
The MHS team will fly to Washington, D.C. in April to compete for the national title against 50 other teams.
This is the second time that MHS students will be going to the nationals. Last year, the MHS team was awarded the “Against All Odds” aviation merit award.
The Real World Design Challenge is an annual high school competition for all states and territories, whose goal is to transform the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in the U.S. by providing professional science and engineering and learning resources to students and teachers.
This year's main challenged was to design an unmanned aircraft that will conduct rescue missions and can detect targets in high-risk areas.
In the statewide RWDC competition, Saipan Southern High School's Flying Mantas emerged second place.
Event coordinator Jeaniffer H. Cubangbang congratulated the school teams for joining the competition.
“Designing an unmanned aircraft to conduct rescue missions that can detect targets in high risk areas to aid in rescue is truly a real world problem solved. On top of that, your team had to use higher order thinking skills for math analysis, engineering issues, and using million-dollar technology software to solve a real national problem is just wow! Very impressive STEM work! PSS is very proud of you!” said Cubangbang in her message to participants.
Official awarding is set on March 9 during the 2013 PSS Island-wide STEM Fair to be held at the MHS Gymnasium.