The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has opened registration for the fifth annual GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge, a competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students using aviation.
The first 100 high schools that enter the competition will receive complimentary “Fly to Learn” curriculum and software powered by X-Plane that teach aerodynamic and aviation engineering principles.
The curriculum can be completed either in class or in an after-school program.
Schools will then apply that knowledge to modify an airplane design and complete a mission in a virtual fly-off using the software.
Four students, one teacher, and one chaperone from the winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid trip during the summer of 2017 to experience general aviation manufacturing firsthand.
Only one team per school may enter, and must consist of at least four students, including at least one female and one male student.
To learn more about the competition and to register, click here.