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GAMA 2016 Aviation Design Challenge

What is the GAMA 2016 Aviation Design Challenge?

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is sponsoring the 2016 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 an airplane. 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 will include an all-expenses-paid trip for up to four high school students, one teacher, and one chaperone to experience general aviation manufacturing firsthand.

What is the timeline for the contest?

Now through January 31, 2016: Registation period open for teachers at eligible schools to sign up for the GAMA 2016 Aviation Design Challenge.

February 7-14, 2016: Teachers receive Fly to Learn curricula and software powered by X-Plane from GAMA. 

February 15-March 31, 2016: Online seminars offered by Fly to Learn. 

April 1, 2016: Teachers receive competition instructions from GAMA.

April 30, 2016: All competition entries must be received by GAMA.

May 2016: Winning high school announced; all other high schools notified by GAMA. 

What do past winners say about the competition?

“This competition, and ultimate victory, will be life-changing for my kids,” says Grant Hanevold, Principal of Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, which won in 2014. “I can’t thank you enough … for the positive impact you are making in the life of a kid.” Adds the CHEF Homeschoolers from Cuba City, Wisconsin, who won in 2015, “The GAMA competition has taught us the importance of teamwork, creativity, and critical thinking.” 

How do I register?

Teachers interested in the contest should complete the registration form below and send 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.

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.

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