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Promoting STEM Education Through Aviation

JSSI is delighted to sponsor the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge, created in 2013 to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) knowledge among U.S. high school students.

During the challenge, teams of students with an interest in science and general aviation learn the basics of aerospace engineering and then apply that knowledge by modifying a virtual aircraft. The teams use X-Plane software to design and fly their virtual aircraft. GAMA engineers then judge the winners based on a series of performance and aerodynamic parameters.

The winning students travel to Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, to spend two weeks assembling an aircraft.

For more information on the challenge, visit GAMA’s Aviation Design Challenge website here.

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