National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education

A Virtual Solution: 2020 Real World Design Challenge International Championship 

Real World Design

Four Countries/between 30 and 40 teams/8 time zones
Teams representing China, India, the Philippines, and the United States have been working on an engineering design for the past year and are prepared to compete virtually over two days in April. 

These students will present their solutions to challenge judges consisting of renowned engineering and scientists on April 25/26.  Despite travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, the Design Challenge is pressing on, in what will turn out to be a historic STEM Championship.  This is made possible by using Adobe connect, a tool used by competition sponsor Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. 
The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, internationally, with the opportunity to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems currently faced in the engineering field.  Each year students are challenged to optimize the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle system to solve a specific problem. Students are provided professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The goal of the RWDC is to motivate and prepare students for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The RWDC is going into its twelfth year of operation.
This year’s virtual judging will be accomplished using Embry Riddle University’s Eagle Vision through Adobe Connect telecommunication system.  In 2007, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University launched Eagle Vision, a virtual classroom that combines Web video conferencing, audio, written, and a learning management system to amplify the benefits of synchronous learning. Eagle Vision may be used from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere you have a computer and the Internet.

Read our APRIL 2020 Newsletter.

NEW!!! Nominate a Great Candidate for a National Aviation and Space Education Award!

Do you know of an outstanding organization or individual who has illustrated noteworthy achievement and contributions to aviation or space education, or perhaps an accomplished educator who deserves to be inducted into the Crown Circle?

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Strickler Award Presented to AIA and NAR for the Team America Rocketry Challenge

The national Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Award for Excellence in Aerospace Education was presented to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR),recognized for partnering to create and sustain the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) and for making it the world’s largest rocketry-based student aerospace challenge and education program. 

The award was presented in a prestigious ceremony before an honored group of industry leaders in the United States Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, DC, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

We are preparing a new Awards page which will be published soon with full details, and information about the nominations procedure for the next Strickler Award as well as the Crown Circle Awards.  However note that we have loaded the Strickler and Crown Circle nomination forms with information in our file library, which you can use to prepare your nomination(s).

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Educator Workshops scheduled in 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education are pleased to announce a number of regional educator workshops will be held around the country in 2013.

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At the 2009 annual meeting of the National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE) the membership voted to adopt the recommendation of the attendees at the 2009 Leadership Conference on Aviation and Space Education to change the organization's name.

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Air Force Association and Lisa W. Bacon Recognized for Achievement in Aerospace Education

June 24, 2010

Air Force Association and Lisa W. Bacon Recognized for Achievement in Aerospace Education

The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) announced today that it has selected both the Air Force Association (AFA) and Lisa W. Bacon of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as recipients of the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Aerospace Education Award, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the field of aerospace education.

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