An annual STEM challenge won by an all-girl engineering team was a contest in planning, perseverance, and innovative design.
The female engineering team from Lauralton Hall high school for girls in Milford, Connecticut beat seven other high schools with their design prototype for repairing a broken light control device on an F4U4-Corsair plane, winning the Sikorsky challenge. The annual challenge is presented by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.
The team from Lauralton Hall is known as the Wright Sisters. “It felt great,” said Rachelle Ambroise, a senior team member who will be attending Harvard University in the fall. “When you finally understand everything and you no longer feel lost, when you realize that what you learned can be applied to real-life situations and engineering, it’s a real sense of empowerment.”
In the fall, students will be greeted by a banner honoring their win. The victory was won with months of early morning team meetings, and encouragement of their teacher advisors and Lauralton alumna and Sikorsky engineer Ashley Currivan.
“Each of the challenges brought different strengths out and the team was able to roll, so someone else took the lead,” said science teacher Theresa Napolitano. “They realized that they each had something that came in here that made it that much more special and that much more intricate in solving the problem.”