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GAMA/Build A Plane 2015 Aviation Design Challenge

What is the GAMA/Build A Plane 2015 Aviation Design Challenge?

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization that encourages aviation and aerospace education, are sponsoring the 2015 Aviation Design Challenge to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education through aviation in high schools across the United States.

How does the competition work?

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. Judges from GAMA will select the winning school based on that score and other factors.

What is the prize?

The prize for this year's competition will be announced at a later date.

What is the timeline for the contest?

February 13, 2015: Registration for the GAMA/Build A Plane 2015 Aviation Design Challenge closes. 

Watch for more information about other dates soon.

How do I register?

Teachers interested in the contest should register using the attached form and e-mail it to STEMcompetition@gama.aero immediately, as space is limited to the first 100 high schools. Only one teacher per high school may register. Each team must have four students to be eligible for the competition, and each team must include at least one male student and at least one female student. Registration officially closes on February 13, 2015.

Can I learn more about the contest?

Yes! GAMA produced a short video about the 2013 competition and build, which can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Still have questions?

Please call +1 (202) 393-1500 for more information.