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Friday, June 6, 2014

Sikorsky Innovations Awards Winners of STEM Competition

Source: Sikorsky Aircraft

Sikorsky Innovations, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft, has crowned a team from Danbury High School as the winner of the 2014 annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenge. Sikorsky Innovations co-sponsors the competition with Connecticut Corsair, a volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of education and Connecticut businesses, and Connecticut Innovations, an organization that provides strategic capital and operational insight to emerging high technology companies.

Now in its third year, the STEM Challenge is open to Connecticut high schools to offer local students an opportunity to apply their creative, innovative thinking and classroom learning to technical problems faced in an actual engineering workplace. Student teams are paired with Sikorsky engineers to solve an engineering design challenge. Connecticut Corsair develops the challenge using the historic, official state aircraft of Connecticut, the F4U-4 Corsair. This year’s challenge was to redesign the landing gear components on the aircraft.

During the yearlong competition, student teams spend the first part of the school year learning engineering principles in the areas of research and analysis, project planning and management, risk evaluation and trade-study development. The top three teams presented their final designs to a panel of industry and academic professionals at the Student Innovation Expo held May 17 at the Connecticut State Armory in Hartford.

Students from 10 Connecticut high schools competed in the challenge. Amity Regional High School was awarded second place and Ridgefield High School earned a third place award.

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