Students work as mechanical engineers in latest Engineering Design Challenge


Posted: February 1, 2019

Teams of four students from each middle and high school worked together to build wind turbines that would generate the fastest blade tip speed in the first engineering design challenge to feature both middle and high school students. The challenge, Generating the Future, was held in partnership with Dominion Energy, who is developing the first offshore wind initiative in the mid-Atlantic.

The teams used their knowledge of science, engineering and math to build a wind turbine that could harness the wind by converting kinetic energy into mechanical energy. Each team's turbine had to have blades of equal length, rotate for at least 20 seconds and stay intact during operation. Students simulated a fast-paced real-world working environment by digitally submitting blueprints and data to meet deadlines throughout the challenge.

Gildersleeve Middle School placed first in the Junior Division and Menchville High School earned first place in the Senior Division. In addition, Dozier Middle School won Best School Spirit, Menchville High School's team won Best Teamwork and Warwick High School had the Best Redesign.

The Design Challenge is part of the school district's ongoing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education initiative.

Crittenden Middle School students begin to assemble their wind turbine.
Crittenden Middle School students begin to assemble their wind turbine.
The team from Dozier Middle School won the Best Team Spirit award.
The team from Dozier Middle School won the Best Team Spirit award.
Warwick High School's team won Best Redesign.
Warwick High School's team won Best Redesign.
Gildersleeve Middle School placed first in the Junior Division at the challenge.
Gildersleeve Middle School placed first in the Junior Division at the challenge.
Menchville High School's team won Best Teamwork and placed first in the Senior Division.
Menchville High School's team won Best Teamwork and placed first in the Senior Division.