Newport News Public Schools update for April 2019

Students work as mechanical engineers in latest Engineering Design Challenge

Teams of four students from each middle and high school worked together to build wind turbines that would generate the fastest blade tip speed in the first engineering design challenge to feature both middle and high school students. The challenge, Generating the Future, was held in partnership with Dominion Energy, who is developing the first offshore wind initiative in the mid-Atlantic.

The teams used their knowledge of science, engineering and math to build a wind turbine that could harness the wind by converting kinetic energy into mechanical energy. Each team’s turbine had to have blades of equal length, rotate for at least 20 seconds and stay intact during operation. Students simulated a fast-paced real-world working environment by digitally submitting blueprints and data to meet deadlines throughout the challenge.

Gildersleeve Middle School placed first in the Junior Division and Menchville High School earned first place in the Senior Division. In addition, Dozier Middle School won Best School Spirit, Menchville High School’s team won Best Teamwork and Warwick High School had the Best Redesign.

The Design Challenge is part of the school district’s ongoing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education initiative.

2019 All-City Science, Technology and Engineering Fair Results

More than 300 students presented projects in more than 17 categories at the 38th Annual All-City Science, Engineering and Technology Fair, held at Heritage High School in January. Students participating in the fair earned medals, monetary prizes, trophies and other prizes for their work in science, engineering, and technology through problem solving, investigation, communication and inquiry.

Twenty-one teams also participated in a STEM design challenge, in collaboration with PASCO. PASCO provides educators worldwide with innovative technology and solutions for teaching science.

STEM Design Challenge winning teams:

  • Booker T. Washington Middle School: David Ales, Charleigh Farrell
  • Woodside High School: Stephanie Tobias, Kiya Vanier, Olivia Blankenship

Science Fair: 17 categories at junior and senior levels with 1st, 2nd, 3rd places awarded

  • Rotary Club awarded five scholarships of $150 each.
  • Newport News Shipbuilding awarded medals to the three place winners in the two engineering categories.
  • Rebound Chiropractic and Dr. Vince Joseph awarded three trophies in the medicine and health categories.
  • Jefferson Lab awarded book sets to physics winners.
  • HDR Inc. awarded Stockholm Water Prize to best project dealing with water.

Visit for a complete list of winners.

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