Bailey Places Second in National Youth Engineering Challenge

Bailey Places Second in National Youth Engineering Challenge

Freshman Blake Bailey placed second in the category of aerospace in the National Youth Engineering Challenge at Purdue University on September 25-27. The NYEC is a premier event that allows talented youth from around the country to assemble together to showcase their knowledge and skills in a variety of individual and team-based engineering contests and activities.

Bailey, along with his teammate Pete Sieberts of Lebanon, were challenged to build a model rocket using only the supplies that his team was provided; the rocket had to launch above 200 feet to be eligible. In addition, Bailey and Sieberts were tested over their knowledge aerospace and their combined scores moved them into second place nationally.

For Bailey, the journey to the NYEC began when he was very young.

“My dad used to have his own plane,” said Bailey. “When I was about eight, I started to develop an interest in flying.”

By age nine, Bailey had begun taking flying lessons. He currently flies planes and gliders and is close to earning his license.

However, flying is just a hobby. Bailey is planning to pursue aeronautical engineering with the US Air Force – which makes sense, given his strong showing at the NYEC.

Bailey’s journey to the NYEC actually began with his 4-H project for the Warren County Fair. He built a radio-controlled airplane and won first place. He moved on to the Ohio State Fair where he presented the project and poster and again won first place. That win qualified him for nationals where he was once again asked to make his presentation. In addition to the second place win, Bailey was a member of Team Ohio in the “Engineering Bowl,” a game similar to Jeopardy, where he and his team took first place.

Congratulations, Blake! We can’t wait to see where the gifts God has given you will take you!