Elementary school students are designing future airplanes and winning awards for their designs.

Designing Future AirplanesSixth graders at Fred H. Rohr Elementary School in Chula Vista were winners of a contest held by UTC Aerospace Systems – Aerostructures, formerly known as Rohr.

Last month, chief engineer Paul Kukuchek and engineering manager Margret Yaptangco taught the students about the important basics of airplane design and flight basics. Then the students in Dean Talbot’s math class answered the challenge to design an airplane of the future, and describe what makes it unique.

Pictures of the designs were posted in the aerospace supplier cafeteria where employees voted the top six. Students who were selected received a Balsa Wood airplane, a notebook and pen, and certificates of achievement. They received their awards at a special ceremony in front of other students, parents, and teachers.

Categories included creativity, artistic, and original “out of the box” design.

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