Solving a ‘challenge’

Published May 14, 2018 at 4:00pm

The eight teams had four days to solve a “challenge problem,” and when the competition was over high schoolers from Whitesboro, New York Mills and Sauquoit Valley were winners of the 10th annual Air Force Research Laboratory Challenge Competition.

It’s a week-long program, according to the Griffiss Institute. Whitesboro students will intern at the AFRL Information Directorate in Rome, also called Rome lab, this summer. New York Mills students will intern at the institute. All three winning student teams received Microsoft Surface Pros. The other teams got $100 Amazon gift cards.

The other participating schools were Rome Free Academy, Central Valley Academy; Frankfort-Schuyler, Thomas R. Proctor High School and Westmoreland.

The intent of the challenge is to provide a more realistic view into types of high-tech problems the nation is facing today and how engineers and researchers solve them.

Congratulations to the winners. They are our future scientists and engineers who learned from some of the best in the business.