The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation’s leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace.
Legacy Bridges is a premiere mentor for this design competition for students. Dr. Joi Spraggins is the RWDC PA State Coordinator and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Greater Philadelphia Section Public Policy Officer. She is also a National Society of Black Engineers Lifetime Member and serves as the PA Ambassador the NSBE Aerospace Special Interest Group.
In addition, Jamil Grant, Legacy Bridges STEM Scholar and Drexel University Alumni, serves as the AIAA Greater Philadelphia Board Secretary. Jamail is also a NSBE Aerospace SIG Member and will be Co-Championing the RWDC pilot program with Dr. Joi, Ernest D. Levert, Lockheed Martin Fellow and Dr. Shamara Collins, Legacy Bridges STEM Academy, Inc. Board Members.
We also team with Drexel University to provide additional mentors to high school students teams.