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Promoting STEM Education Through Aviation

The winner of the 2017 General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge was Olney High School in Olney, Texas. JSSI is delighted to have sponsored the 2017 Build A Plane competition, 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 four students from Olney High School were selected from over 90 high schools across 31 states. Their prize involved traveling 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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