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RI Launches Participation in 2010 Real World Design Challenge

Published on October 8, 2010

Governor Carcieri announced the launch of Rhode Islandâ??s participation in the 2010 Real World Design Challenge alongside educators, members of the business community, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) and students.

The partnership, which began in 2008, brings tools and resources to students and teachers aiming to increase the size of the STEM workforce by engaging students in â??real worldâ? problem-solving activities.  The challenge is designed by professionals from industry, academia and government and gives students the opportunity to work on real engineering challenges in a collaborative, team-based environment.

STAC council member David Hibbitt, alongside several other speakers at the launch, honed in on the importance of creating a well-trained 21st century workforce that can â??spend their careers in pursuit of excellence in engineering design, right here in Rhode Island.â?

Registration for this event opened this week, with four schools already signed up to participate including Cranston Area Career and Technical Center, Woonsocket High School, North Providence High School and Smithfield High School.  Schools interested in participating may register at www.realworlddesignchallenge.org

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