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West High Engineering Team Wins State Title

West High’s “Falcon Fever” engineering team was just crowned the 2014 state of Iowa winner in the Real World Design Challenge! This is West High’s third state RWDC title, and the team will now represent Iowa in the national challenge which will be held in Washington D.C. in November. Congratulations on this HUGE award!

This year’s challenge was to increase corn crop yield by detecting the European Corn Borer through the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV. For more information on the challenge, please visit http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org

This year’s team members are seniors Pardeep Saini, Derek Geiken, and Nicole Kraft; along with juniors Tuyen Nguyen and Carina Grady. All team members were awarded a $1,000 scholarship to either the University of Iowa or Iowa State University from RWDC. The team is coached by Jason Franzenburg and Greg Smith, Project Lead The Way teachers at Davenport West High School. Partners included Real World Design Challenge, Gear-Up Iowa, John Deere, and Western Illinois University, Quad Cities Campus.