(Deadline to submit Phase 1 project solution is Dec. 15)

The “RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge” encourages students to explore and build skills necessary for STEM careers through two phases of project-based learning and team competition.

In Phase 1, teams work cooperatively as engineers and scientists to explore and design solutions for one of two real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope. Submitted final project solutions will be featured on the RealWorld-InWorld Web site and teams will receive recognition for their work. Phase 1 of the challenge can be run anytime during the next school year. Only teams who submit their final project solutions by Dec. 15, 2010 will be eligible to move into Phase 2.

In Phase 2, participating college students will select teams of 3-5 high-school students and their teacher/coach. (Each team selects an engineering mentor.) Groups will work in a 3D virtual environment using 21st Century tools to refine designs and create 3D models of the Webb telescope. Webb engineers will visit and “chat” InWorld throughout the challenge.

To learn more about the challenge and to register to explore the resources for this free and flexible project, visit:


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