Call for teams to compete in GAMA/Build A Plane challenge

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, have partnered for a third year to sponsor the GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. The challenge seeks to promote STEM education through aviation in high schools across the United States.

GAMA will provide the first 100 teachers who enter the competition with “Fly to Learn” curriculum, as well as five complimentary copies of airplane design and simulation software powered by X-Plane, for their classrooms. The lessons can be used to teach the basics of aerospace engineering and design. Students will learn to apply their knowledge to modify and fly their own virtual airplane in a fly-off.

The competition is free to enter. Registration is open until February 13, 2015, or until the first 100 schools register. Each school’s team must have four students to be eligible for the competition. Each team must include at least one male student and at least one female student.

Students start building plane

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Four students, a teacher, and two advisors from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada —which won the second General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge — began building a Glasair Sportsman airplane June 16 at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington.

The team, which was announced as the winner of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition last month, will assemble the aircraft over the next two weeks.

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Las Vegas high school wins Build A Plane competition

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane announced today that the Formula X team from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the winner of the second Aviation Design Challenge to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students.

Four students, a teacher, and a chaperone from the high school will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, to build a real Glasair Sportsman airplane from June 16-28.

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GAMA and Build A Plane launch second design challenge

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, are partnering for a second year to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in high schools across the United States through an aviation design competition. The team from the winning high school will receive an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip for four students, one teacher and one chaperone to help build a Glasair Sportsman (pictured) through Glasair Aviation’s Two Weeks to Taxi program at its facilities in Arlington, Wash., in June 2014.

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Build A Plane kicks off Kids Across America

Build A Plane unveiled a new campaign called Kids Across America at Sun ’n Fun. The new program encourages kids to find sponsors for every mile they travel to reach AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. The kid who raises the most money wins a complete Private Pilot course from Red Bird Flight Simulations. Runners up can win other prizes like a week vacation to the Bahamas from Air Journey or a $1,000 scholarship from AOPA.

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