New York students win the 2022 GAMA Aviation Design Challenge

GAMA sponsors the annual contest at high schools across the United States. This year, more than 65 teams participated in 28 states. According to the organization’s website, the Aviation Design Challenge is set up “to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through a program of aviation and a virtual flight”.

Participants in the GAMA Aviation Design Challenge are given a unique and challenging mission to accomplish in a matter of weeks. GAMA provides schools with its “Fly to Learn” program; students spend four to six weeks working on the program, learning the science of flight and aircraft design; then students apply this knowledge by modifying the design of an aircraft and participating in a virtual flight.

“This year’s assignment was to modify a CubCrafters NX Cub with a nose wheel to fly from Seattle, Washington to Packwood, Washington to efficiently deliver maximum payload,” according to GAMA’s press release. Teams were judged based on their performance, the demonstration flight, and a video submission in which the team summarized what they learned throughout the process.

The winning team from Harkness Career and Technical Center had an aircraft design that included increased wingspan and power as well as additional winglets and airbrakes. Prizes for the first-place team include experience with CubCrafters manufacturing, tours of Boeing and Signature Aviation facilities, demonstration flights, and more.

“The students did an outstanding job this year taking on the GAMA Aviation Design Challenge challenges. Winner team. GAMA. “I am very proud of their accomplishments and their hard work for this year’s challenge, this class of students deserved this achievement.”

Second place in the Aviation Design Challenge competition was awarded to Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Washington. The team won the 2021 challenge, which involved administering the COVID-19 vaccine. The 2022 second-place finish earned the team a Redbird flight simulation STEM lab.

GAMA CEO Pete Bunce congratulated all entrants and recognized the top two teams in the press release. “It’s inspiring to see teams across the country put in such great effort in the Aviation Design Challenge,” he said. “Now in its tenth year, the challenge continues to grow and generate excitement for our industry.”

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