The Zenith Challenge Project, part of Hampton Roads STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), is aimed at stimulating and fostering interest in unmanned systems, technologies and careers. The focus is on engaging students in systems engineering a total solution to a challenging mission, requiring the design, fabrication and demonstration of a system capable of completing a specific autonomous aerial operation.
Opportunities for interaction with top unmanned autonomous system (UAS) designers, engineers, scientists and leadership is provided.
Here is a student video about Zenith and STEM:
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The 2010 Student UAS Competition involves Hampton Roads area high school students accepting the challenge of rising to the level of international collegiate competition. Their journey began in mid-February 2010. The final phase of this project will consist of a team of high school students grades 9-12 entered as one of only two high schools competing against 31 registered top international engineering universities at the 2010 Student Unmanned Autonomous System (UAS) Competition in St. Indigoes, MD, June 16-20, 2010.
The Zenith Challenge Project was founded on the principle that hands-on exposure to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will not only be exciting but also critical to developing our nation’s future workforce. The project’s goal is to attract and involve students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Soon these students will become the best and brightest from our communities and be prepared to lead us into the future.
Multiple Zenith Challenge Projects may exist simultaneously. Challenges vary in missions, goals, age groups and complexity. Projects are designed to develop critical thinking skills, teamwork, leadership, and self confidence. If you would like to be a part of the Zenith Challenge or other Hampton Roads STEM initiatives, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.