Six Engineering Students on Way to Washington D.C.

El Segundo High Students Invited to Washington D.C.


Seven Robotics students make the cut of the “Real World Design Challenge”


El Segundo, CA – March 1, 2013 – Third year Engineering students enrolled in Aerospace Engineering at El Segundo High School dove into the nation-wide competition of Robotics students eager to win a berth in Washington D. C. for the “Real World Design Challenge” – an annual event created in 2008 that challenges students to design aircraft to specific requirements. The program, which has grown exponentially over the past several years, has the support of Space X, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, EADS, the FAA and the Department of Defense.


Six students, dubbed “Team Bridget,” were selected as the Independent State Champions and will be flying to Washington D.C. April 19 – 22 to compete in the National Competition.  Bridget Reed, Eric Perkey, Ryan De Freitas-Bart, Derek Tran, Alex Arroyo, and Alex Koran already competed at the state level Governor’s Cup.  This year’s challenge is to create an “Unmanned Aerial Vehicular System (UAVS)” to rescue a child lost in the forest.  Their winning entry took the prize for the “Independent States” category – a cohort of 20 states who do not have an individual Governor’s Cup – making their level of competition that much more fierce.


Scott Parks, Director of Navy and Regional Missile Defense Systems at Boeing was impressed.  “These kids are doing post-graduate level work.  I’d be ecstatic if a first-year employee at Boeing gave these kinds of presentations to a customer,” he enthused.  El Segundo High School had a wealth of riches:  four different teams submitted entries to the competition. 


Steven Eno, who teaches the Project Lead the Way series of courses in Engineering in the Chevron funded Engineering Lab, was equally impressed with the level of talent in his class.  “All four groups of students submitted great reports that included 3-D models of their designs, aerodynamic analysis, flight paths, sensory payloads and budgeting.  But Team Bridget stood out from all the rest.  Next they will be challenged to refine their design with additional requirements that will entail long hours outside of school, but they are excited to have a chance to use their engineering skills to win the National Competition.”