Rancho Students Take Flight in Aviation Competition | Education & Schools
Students from Rancho High School will soon go up against the nation’s best aviation students in the Real World Design Challenge.
The challenge is a nationwide competition that encourages high school students to design an environmentally friendly, light-sport aircraft. Rancho High School is home to a magnet program for students interested in aviation.
The program creates an opportunity for professionals to mentor students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math, and will allow a partnership to emerge across the state to help Clark County School District’s engineering leaders of tomorrow to be ready for the next steps of their career upon exit from high school.
“The Real World Design Challenge helps address the growing industry demand for workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Dr. Ralph K. Coppola, director of the Real World Design Challenge. “The challenge bridges the needs of the industry with the future of education.”
The competition teaches innovation, creativity, collaboration and other 21st-century skills using the expertise that industry, government and higher education have been perfecting for decades.
Each teacher will be provided $1 million in professional engineering software by PTC, a software and product development company that will also connect students to mentors
to help guide them to success. The challenge aims to encourage students to pursue careers in aeronautics and transportation.
“Our school is home to some of the best and brightest minds in science and math,” said Rancho High School Principal James Kuzma. “I am proud of our students and will be following their progress closely. I am expecting a big win for Rancho.”