THANK you Steve Barner!
Steve is correct... the time is running down on registering .. the link is here:
There is online training available and it can be found at that link as well. There is also a competitive grant out.. (has been out, going out again) to find someone to really work with schools on this effort at the mentor and local level. It is a fantastic program and can really start building a STEM,( Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum. I know there were folks out there that were interested in this last year. This is the year to get on board.
There is more support for the technical issues that came up and many of them have been resolved all together. It was a challenge last year.
So, If your school has an interest in this, please, get involved! As Steve said, it doesn't cost anything and it provides a great opportunity for schools.
THe winning team goes to Washington in March to compete in teh national competition. We would like very much to see more Vermont schools involved.
Besides.. Steve's teams need a little healthy competiton!! ;0)
Anyways.. sign up today.. that link above will work for that...
Thanks again to Steve Barner!
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Subject: Time's running out to register teams for RWDC
The deadline for registering teams for the Real World Design Challenge is November 16. Each team can consist of from three to seven students, and this year there is no limit to the number of teams a school can have. Although this competition is a natural fit for design technology programs, many schools have had coaches who are science, math or IT teachers, as all of these areas are drawn on heavily for this competition. Although the professional-grade software can be a challenge to learn, no prior CAD experience is required, and many of the teams that competed at the national level last year had no one who had mastered CAD before entering the competition.
This is the only competition at this level that I know of that won't cost you anything but time. All the software is given to the school free of charge, and they even pay all expenses for the team and coach to attend the national competition in Washington, DC, if you win at the state level. At commercial rates, the software licenses alone would be over $100,000.
Please talk this up with people in your schools. Vermont was one of the ten pilot states last year, and there has been a lot of state-level support for this competition. It's up to us to rise to the Challenge!
Please feel free to contact me for any information on what it was like to participate last year. South Burlington will have at least two teams in this year's competition.
South Burlington High School
550 Dorset Street
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 652-7013 (Fax)
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