The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, have partnered for a third year to sponsor the GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. The Challenge seeks to promote STEM education through aviation in high schools across the United States.
Schools interested in the competition will receive complimentary “Fly to Learn” curricula, which comes with flight simulation software powered by X-Plane. Teachers will guide students through the science of flight and airplane design, completing the curricula in approximately six weeks in the classroom or in four weeks through an accelerated program. Each high school will apply what they have learned by modifying the design of a Glasair Sportsman airplane that seats four adults. The schools will then compete in a virtual fly-off, which will be scored on aerodynamic and performance parameters while flying a specific mission profile, as well as other factors.
The competition is free to enter. Please note that the Challenge is open to the first 100 schools that register, and only one teacher per school may register. Registration is open until February 13, 2015, or until the first 100 schools register. Your school’s team must have four students to be eligible for the competition. Each team must include at least one male student and at least one female student.
The registration form is attached. If you decide to participate, please complete it and send it to this e-mail address.
Mary Lynn J. Rynkiewicz
Director of Communications
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
+1 (202) 637-1375 (office)
+1 (202) 280-9878 (cell)
GAMA_Build A Plane 2015 Aviation Design Challenge_Final.docx
For more information about the competition, visit http://www.gama.aero/advocacy/aviation-education/stem.