Two federal agencies and three technology companies are offering Vermont teachers and students a multimillion dollar opportunity to use top-line software, work with engineering experts, and try their hands at improving the energy efficiency of aircraft, the Burlington Free Press reports. On July 16, Vermont became the first state to sign on to the Real World Design Challenge, an initiative to entice more students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The challenge has been developed cooperatively by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Aviation Administration, Parametric Technology Corp., Hewlett-Packard Corp., and Flomerics Inc. The private software companies will

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