The GAMA Aviation Design Challenge presents the opportunity for high school students to both learn about aviation engineering and aerodynamics, as well as airplane design.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and partner Build A Plane recently opened registration for the 2018 Aviation Design Challenge, a competition that aims to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among U.S. high school students.
The Aviation Design Challenge provides participants with complimentary Fly to Learn curriculum and software by X-Plane, which teaches students aerodynamics and basic aviation engineering concepts. Teams of high school classes or after-school programs are guided by their teacher through four or six weeks of curriculum, during which the students apply their lessons to modifying an airplane design. The teams then compete with their modified airplane designs in a virtual fly-off.
Competition winners receive a trip for up to four high school students, one teacher and an additional chaperone to experience general aviation manufacturing firsthand.