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Boeing challenges OSSM students to design, build wing prototypes

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Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics students eagerly wait to see how much weight their wing designs will hold. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics students eagerly wait to see how much weight their wing designs will hold. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Engineers and other STEM professionals from Boeing OKC visited about 140 junior and senior students at the Oklahoma School of Science Mathematics recently, challenging them to design, build and test a prototype of an airplane wing.

Students briefly reviewed the physics of flight and spent the afternoon working in teams, using their creativity and basic home and office supplies to design and build wing structures as lightweight, yet as strong as possible. Boeing engineers then tested the wings, weighing each team’s entry and then loading it with weight until the wing failed. The weight carried and the weight of the wing itself were used to derive each team’s score.

The top three teams were recognized with prizes for their effective designs.

“Our goal is to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in STEM,” said Kristin Holland, community investor, Boeing Oklahoma City.

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<strong>Boeing volunteers participating in the STEM Challenge included Dr. Dayvon McCarrell, Eric Provo, Mikal Sanders, Jeff Nusz, Chadwick Aryeequaye, Ryan Jordan, Rebecca Porter, David Knipe and Shannon Herrera. [PHOTO PROVIDED]</strong>

Boeing volunteers participating in the STEM Challenge included Dr. Dayvon McCarrell, Eric Provo, Mikal Sanders, Jeff Nusz, Chadwick Aryeequaye, Ryan Jordan, Rebecca Porter, David Knipe and Shannon Herrera. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

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