16 year old Ethan Chu , South Bend, Ind., was awarded a $1,000 scholarship check during a visit to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s headquarters in Stratford, Conn. Ethan and his father, William Chu, toured the Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopter assembly lines. They were also able to meet with company designers and engineers.
From the press release:
As an 11th grader, Ethan likes to play football and paintball. He is a member of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society. When he is older, Ethan aspires to be an aerospace engineer, and would like to learn to fly aircraft.
“This competition gave me the opportunity to learn new knowledge and gain new skills,” said Ethan. “I was fascinated with the ‘Coanda Effect’ that I read about, and I decided to use it to make my helicopter design more efficient.”
Museums throughout the country participated in the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge program, which engaged young visitors to envision the environmental future of helicopters while learning important scientific and engineering principles through fun hands-on activities.
The Coanda Effect doesn’t pique many peoples’ interest, but it grabbed Ethan’s. I suspect his job prospects look good for his future endeavors.