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Kennewick Team Wins Design Competition for Fifth Consecutive Year

OLYMPIA — February 13, 2013 — For the fifth consecutive year, a team of students from Kennewick has won a statewide design competition and will get a chance to compete for national recognition, State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced today.

The team, from Kamiakin High School, won the 2012-13 Washington State Real World Design Challenge by designing an unmanned aircraft system.

Calling themselves Winging It, the team is comprised of the following members: Cooper Atkinson, Kyle Deatherage, Devin Gerboth, Joe Luey, Paul Pierson, Robin Rakowski and Sangeetha Thevuthasan. The team is coached by Kennewick architect Terrance Casey.

“I congratulate Winging It,” said Dorn. “The students, the school and the volunteer coach all care about the competition and have worked hard to achieve these stunning results.”

This year’s challenge was to design an aircraft, then test its utility in a “mission scenario” involving a missing and injured child. Each team was responsible for selecting search patterns, best altitudes and associated equipment on the ground to find the child in the fastest time and for the lowest cost.

After winning the Washington State Challenge, the team now heads to the national championship in Washington, D.C. in April. During the national competition, Winging It will refine its initial design under new sets of specifications and parameters and make a team presentation of its design before a panel of industry professionals.

The 2011 Kennewick team, the Connotations of Flight, finished second in the nation.

The Real World Design Challenge 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.

RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace. Every teacher who participates in the Challenge gets $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 that is currently faced by industry.


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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