FAA Launches Airport Design Challenge for K-12 Students

The Federal Aviation Administration Aviation recently kicked of its annual Airport Design Challenge contest for both U.S. and international K-12 students. Registration for this competition officially opens November 1.

[Above graphic via the FAA]

The FAA said its Airport Design Challenge helps students use the Microsoft game Minecraft to design virtual airports based on guidance from FAA aerospace and engineering experts.

Graphic via the FAA

Students will collaborate in small teams to learn about their local airports and to complete developmental tasks in Minecraft. During the five weeks of organized lesson plans, participants will cover topics ranging from airport layout, pavement and lighting to structures and innovative growth.

Program facilitators will use weekly knowledge-check quizzes and screen shots of students’ designs to assess progress and provide feedback.

“The Airport Design Challenge is a perfect fit of science, technology, engineering and math which is so much a part of what we do at the FAA and so important to pass on to the next generation,” noted FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in a statement.

This challenge offers first-hand experience in an aviation-related application of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM concepts and helps students apply their academic knowledge and skills to professional simulations, FAA said.

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