Flight day

David Kilper

More than 150 St. Louis-area high school students gathered May 7 in WUSTL’s Field House to launch their custom-built aluminum gliders as part of the Boeing Engineering Challenge Final Flight. This challenge was a culmination of a five-month project to determine which one of the 30 teams’ gliders had the farthest flight, the straightest path and the longest hang time. Boeing engineers and School of Engineering & Applied Science faculty and students advised the high schoolers throughout the challenge. From left, Alden Black, a WUSTL senior majoring in aerospace engineering, looks over the glider of Fort Zumwalt West High School seniors Katie Gizzie, Mikail Brown and Kellie Paul with Raimo J. Hakkinen, PhD, professor of practice in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Structural Engineering, and Frederick W. Roos, Boeing senior principal technical specialist and adjunct instructor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Structural Engineering.

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