The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is a public-private partnership aimed at sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce in the long term. The RWDC provides high school students in grades 9–12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a collaborative, team-based environment applying the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems of the workplace.

RWDC 0910 Web site - Includes Registration Link -

Posted 10/4 - PTC released a video outlining the RWDC registration process.

Posted 9/15 - Registration opens today for the 2009-2010 Real World Design Challenge. There is a new Web site this year (, and the registration process has been streamlined. Every team that is participating this year needs to go through registration whether they participated last year or not.

All teams have to do to register is click on the link that says Register a Team Now (It will soon say “Register Your Team for the 2009-2010 Challenge” in big bold letters) on the home page of It is on the left side of the white space under the picture. You will get a registration form. When the form is completed, you will be emailed a link to a Windchill project. When you click the link and open the project, everything you need will be in it including the Challenge and Handbook.

RWDC Documents:
RWDC tri-fold

One-page Flyer
- One page overview of the RWDC and the opportunity to receive the 300-seat license from PTC (PA Specific)

Promoting Enhanced STEM Education Through Partnerships -
One page description from the folks at RWDC
Pro/E Minimum Hardware Specifications
FloEFD.Pro system requirements and memory topics for the RWDC

Important Dates:

State Challenge

State Challenge Issued
September 14, 2009
State Team Registration Deadline
November 16, 2009
(no teams can register after this date)

State Solution Submission Deadline
January 15, 2010
State Winner Announced
No later than February 12, 2010

National Challenge
National Challenge Issued
February 12, 2010
National Solution Submission Deadline
March 19, 2010
National Challenge Digital Submissions Scored by Judges
March 20-26, 2010
National Challenge Event
March 26-29, 2010

NWPA STEM Region RWDC Contacts: Dr. Ann Noonen ( and Dr. Ken Borland (

Best of luck to all of the teams!