A national program is now giving Middle Georgia High school students the chance to gain a competitive edge in the science and engineering fields.
Today, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle announced the states participation in the Real World Design Challenge.
The program gives teams of students $1 million in engineering software to figure out challenges in the aviation industry.
Teams of 3-7 students will design a plane looking at the forces of flight, lift, weight, thrust and drag with the goal of enhancing performance and efficiency.
"It really is about our future generations. It's about inspiring kids and giving them the tools necessary to launch their careers moving forward," says Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.
Cagle says the initiative will make the State's aerospace industry more competitive as well.
The challenge is free to teachers and students.