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Team from Holt High School wins Boeing Engineering Challenge with balsa wood gliders

Holt team at Boeing Challenge
From left to right : Kurt Lynn, Boeing Engineer and Team Mentor; Mason Smith, Senior; Christian Gard, Junior; Ashley Gregory, Instructor; Ian Deal, Junior; Joe Brickey, Junior; Michael Blunt, Junior; Keyton Rovka, Holt Senior, former Challenge Participant from Holt, now working the event for Boeing; Mark Geerling, Boeing Engineer and Team Mentor

A team of students from Holt High School in the Wentzville School District won the 10th Annual Boeing Engineering Challenge held on the campus of Washington University on May 2nd.

Senior Mason Smith and juniors Michael Blunt, Joe Brickey, Ian Deal and Christian Gard made up team “Delta Force Six” and won the Division 2 Championship out of over 30 teams competing in the glider challenge.

Approximately 300 students from 21 schools across the St. Louis region competed by launching balsa wood gliders in the St. Louis Field House that they have worked on all year to design and perfect.  

“The students consulted with Boeing engineers during the design phase,” shared Holt Project Lead the Way Teacher Ashley Gregory. “In the process, they learned important concepts in physics and aerospace engineering.” The gliders are judged on flight distance, straightest path, longest hang time and highest quality of flight.

Six teams from the WSD competed in Division 2, the Flying Wing; three teams from Holt and three teams from Timberland High School.

In this division, teams had to create a cargo bay to carry balls weighing 55 grams each. Teams were challenged to achieve a stable flight without the use of a horizontal stabilizer. Delta Force Six from Holt also won 2nd Place Overall in Creative Design, 2nd Place Overall in Quality of Flight, 2nd Place Overall in Longest Flight, and 1st Place in their division for Max Time Aloft. Team members are all in Ms. Gregory’s Project Lead the Way Aerospace Engineering class at Holt. Boing sponsors the annual Engineering Challenge with support from Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

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