Each year ASA awards two $2,000 scholarships to college engineering sophomores courtesy of Rockwell Collins Inc.
Real World Design Challenge STEM Education Program
The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in high schools through an annual competition that provides students with the opportunity to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems currently faced in the engineering field; thus, the goal of the RWDC is to motivate and prepare students for the STEM workforce and teach innovation.
The RWDC is Real World in the following ways: Students (1) solve Real Problems; (2) use Real Tools; (3) play Real Roles; and (4) make Real Contributions. Through their participation in the RWDC each year students are challenged to optimize the design of a plane.
State competitions are free to students and schools. Each participating teacher gets $1 million in professional engineering software and online training. Teams also get access to professional mentors so teams in remote areas can compete. Each student on the United States National Champion Team gets a $50,000 scholarship to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Find out more at: RWDC & bridge to the Future