Fairmont engineers soar at Real World Design Challenge

Fairmont engineers soar at Real World Design Challenge

By Brad Steel, Staff Writer

Fairmont’s Engineering Program sent a four-person team to compete in the Real World Design Challenge in Washington, D.C., over the weekend of April 19-21 and they did not disappoint. The team consisted of seniors Troy Belshe, Brian Hack, Abigail Riffle and Philip Gendelberger.

Out of 38 participating schools, Fairmont came away with First Place in the Aviation Category. The competition entailed designing a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and using it in a scenario involving a missing person.

Engineering teacher David Lord pushed his seniors to work hard for this competition. “It was a lot of effort,” said Lord. “Six months of work two periods per day adds up.”

Lord and the engineering department have been very successful in competition in the past. “We’ve won the State four times in a row and went to D.C. before, but this is the first year we’ve actually won at D.C.,” said Lord.

But it didn’t come easy. The whole process and work involved had the whole team riding on edge — especially Hack, who gave the presentation for the group. “It was very stressful” said Hack. “The whole thing was just crazy.”

But that didn’t stop them from bringing home the gold.