The Fort Payne Seven Team

The Fort Payne Seven

  • This group, "The Fort Payne Seven," is composed of a team of students working together each year to solve the Real World Design Challenge. The challenge is engineering based and requires students to design an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to accomplish a given task.

    This year's challenge can be found at the link below:

    The Fort Payne Seven RWDC Team was established in 2011 and has competed in the national challenge since the first year of Alabama participation.  The team has won the state competition each year and competed at the national level in Washington, DC. The following are awards received throughout the team's involvement with the RWDC:

    • 2012-2018- State Champions
    • 2015- 2nd Place at National Competition
    • 2015- Excellence in Education Award
    • 2015- Added to Congressional Record
    • 2016- National Competition Best Business Case
    • 2017- Best Use of Mentor

    We are thankful for Governor Kay Ivey's support of this competition.


  • The current Real World Design coach and sponsor is Hannah Turner. She is a science teacher at FPHS, and has been the RWDC coach for 4 years.

    RWDC coach and sponsor Hannah Turner