Olney Students Flying High

OLNEY, TX - Four students from Olney High School are getting the experience of a lifetime.
 
For six months, the students worked on modifying a virtual Cessna 172s airplane. 
 
They didn't set out to build a plane, but they took on the task with the help our their physics teacher, Sabrina Laurent. 
 
She said it all started when she heard about a national competition where kids from 93 different schools build an airplane design using a lot of mathematical problems and a computer software. 
 
Their goal was to fly their airplane using the least amount of fuel and the maximum amount of payload.
 
Having a perfect landing and the least amount of turbulence was also factored into the contest.
 
This is the first time Olney ISD has participated and the General Aviation Manufacturer's Association awarded the team with an all-expense paid trip to Seattle, Washington.
 
There, they'll help build a real plane based on their blueprint. 
 
This is the 5th year GAMA has sponsored this challenge between high school teams across the country. 
 
The four students are hoping the school continues to participate in this contest because it has taught them life lessons and prepared them for their future endeavors. 

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