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GAMA/Build A Plane 2014 Aviation Design Challenge

What is the GAMA/Build A Plane 2014 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 2014 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.

What is the prize and who are the sponsors?

The winning school will receive an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip for four students, one teacher and one chaperone to help build a real Glasair Sportsman airplane through Glasair Aviation’s well-known Two Weeks to Taxi program at its facilities in Arlington, WA, in June 2014. The prize includes round-trip airfare, hotels, meals and field trips to nearby aviation sites. GAMA member companies will provide financial resources, equipment and supplies to the build, while Glasair will donate two weeks of staff time to support the plane’s assembly.

What is the timeline for the contest?

Jan. 6-Feb. 14, 2014: Schools register for the competition with GAMA
Feb. 14, 2014: Registration closes
Feb. 24, 2014: GAMA will send registered schools “Fly to Learn” curricula and software to complete the STEM education and competition
April 30, 2014: All entries due by 5 p.m. EST to GAMA
May 8, 2014: Winner announced at GAMA’s Spring Board of Directors Meeting
June 16-28, 2014: Build at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, WA

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. Registration officially closes on February 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. EST.

Can I learn more about last year’s contest?

Yes! GAMA produced a short video about the 2013 competition and build, which can be viewed on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=10151742446408263&set=vb.121891154642916&type=2&theater.

Still have questions?

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

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