MHS finishes top 5 in Real World Design Challenge

Marshalltown High School had one of the top five teams in the state competing in the Real World Design Challenge.

A total 16 teams across Iowa competed Feb. 18 at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines. MHS was unable to attend the state contest in person, so instead sent a videotape of their presentation. Representatives from RWDC came to MHS to give the students their plaque last week.

The RWDC is an annual high school competition focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Teams are given software, curriculum materials and access to mentors and charged with addressing a real-world engineering problem. Since its inception in 2008, RWDC has focused challenges on aerospace engineering, though as more and more states become involved in competition more fields will be explored.

The MHS team consisted of freshman James Talbert, sophomores Ben Anziz and Paola Diaz and juniors Maddison Wignall and Blake Gethmann.