Students from the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park earn national recognition
Posted on 05/05/2018
Governor's School RWDC Winners A team of students from the Governor’s School @Innovation Park placed third nationally for their design in the Real-World Design Challenge (RWDC). Their design earned first place in Virginia.

The RWDC is an annual competition for students in grades 9-12 in which students are challenged to develop a computational prototype using engineering software and analysis for a real-world problem. Students Mallika Datta, Ria Garg, and Sadef Osmanzai, (Athena’s Inventors) generated their design for an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) with oversight by their coach, Dr. Elizabeth Romano.

Athena’s Inventors developed a drone to survey farmland and precisely spray pesticide on crops infected by billbugs. Their design is a cost-effective solution to improve agricultural yield for corn harvest.

The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park, in collaboration with George Mason University, serves students in Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools and Manassas Park City Public Schools. The purpose of the program is to educate students in the related fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to prepare them to contribute to the global community of the 21st century. The vision shared by the faculty and participating school divisions is to allow students to encounter a range of opportunities encouraging intellectual and academic excellence.