PTC Announces Winners in Real World Design Challenge

PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), a Founding Member of the Real World Design Challenge®,(RWDC) today announced that the Kansas Tornadoes representing Baldwin High School won the 2011-2012 National Finals Competition in Aviation and Team Xavier representing Xavier High School won the 2011-2012 National Finals Competition in Surface Transportation. PTC and the RWDC partners congratulate the Kansas Tornadoes for designing a light sport aircraft that enhances performance and Team Xavier for designing a next-generation motor coach that enhances fuel efficiency.

The Real World Design Challenge is a national design competition for high school students run by a public-private partnership with the goal of increasing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. This year marks the fourth year of the aviation competition and the first year of the new surface transportation competition.

After a year-long competition, the best and brightest of student teams from 45 states and 6 U.S. territories came to compete in the national finals on Saturday, April 21st in Washington, D.C.

"President Obama is committed to investing in an America built to last; in order to achieve that vision, we need smart, hardworking young scientists and engineers like the students here at the Real World Design Challenge," said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. "This competition is a great way to inspire the young men and women who will build the modern transportation systems we need to keep America competitive in the global economy for years to come."

“Engineering is an important part of our country’s future, and the Real World Design Challenge is a program that offers software and technology to learn these design and engineering skills in a real world scenario,” said Dr. Ralph K. Coppola, program director, PTC. “Students have the opportunity to take advantage of a program designed specifically to encourage critical thinking. PTC is proud to provide support for the 2011-2012 competition.”

The RWDC problems were designed and supported by a team of engineers from government and industry including Cessna Aircraft Company, Rockwell Collins, the Department of Transportation and others to enable students to create the exciting technological advancements of the future.

As a founding member of the RWDC, PTC supports the program on multiple fronts. PTC provides program management, software to each participating school, including Creo® design software, Windchill® collaboration software and Mathcad® calculation software, introductions and connections to industry partners, team support and technical and administrative support.

This year, nearly 5,000 students from across the country participated in the RWDC. Every student participated at no cost to themselves or their schools with partners donating more than a billion dollars to schools since the RWDC’s inception. More than forty partners from industry, government, and academia have come together to make this a reality.

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