Airport Design Challenge
Airport Design Challenge Enrollment Is Now Open!
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The Airport Design Challenge (ADC) is an interactive learning and collaboration opportunity for students in grades K-12. The FAA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Aviation and Space Education (STEM AVSED) Program organizes and sponsors this exciting challenge.
What You Can Expect
- Small teams of students work together to learn about their local airport and to complete development tasks in Minecraft
- Organized lesson plans covering topics from airport layout, pavement, lighting, structures, and innovative growth
- Collaborative work between students, parents, and teachers performed in a virtual environment
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Work with Aviation Professionals and Designers to Learn about the Aerospace Industry
During the Airport Design Challenge, students have the opportunity to design virtual airports in Minecraft based on guidance from FAA aerospace and engineering experts. Participating students meet aviation professionals, engage with other designers, and learn about the aerospace industry. The challenge offers first-hand experience in an aviation-related application of STEM concepts and helps students apply their academic knowledge and skills to professional simulations.
While participants are encouraged to form teams of up to five members, they may also participate individually. Instructional modules cover topics ranging from airport layout, to pavement and lighting, then on to structures, and finally, innovative growth. Module knowledge check assignments and screenshots of students’ designs are used to assess progress and provide feedback.
Anything is Possible in the Airport Design Challenge
Click on each image below to see what past ADC teams have done to complete development tasks.
Review last year's finalists in our Fall 2021 Airport Design Challenge Finalists YouTube playlist.
Review finalists from 2020 in our Fall 2020 Airport Design Challenge Finalists YouTube playlist.
ADC Annual Milestones
|Enrollment Opens for New Year|
|September-August||Students enroll and work through ADC tasks|
|August 31||Annual cut-off for Airport Design entries (anyone submitting work after this date will be entered in the next year's competition)|
|October||Virtual Awards Ceremony|