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Aviation and Space Education (AVSED) Airport Design Challenge

FAA Airport Design Challenge

The FAA Airport Design Challenge Awards Ceremony is January 21, 2021. Watch the ceremony live on the FAA's Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels.

  • K-6th Grade Teams: 11:00 a.m. EST
  • 7th-12th Grade Teams: 2:00 p.m. EST

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The Airport Design Challenge gives students the opportunity to design virtual airports in Microsoft Minecraft based on guidance from FAA aerospace and engineering experts. Participating students meet aviation professionals during the challenge and learn about the aerospace industry. For middle- and high-school students, this is a chance to get first-hand experience in an aviation-related application of STEM concepts and careers. While participants are encouraged to form teams of up to five members, they may also participate individually. During the five weeks of organized lesson plans, participants cover topics ranging from airport layout, pavement and lighting to structures and innovative growth. Program facilitators use weekly knowledge–check quizzes and screen shots of students’ designs to assess progress and provide feedback.

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Clinton Municipal Airport and Student Created Airport

What you can expect…

  • Small teams of students work together to learn about their local airport and to complete development tasks in Minecraft
  • Five weeks of organized lesson plans covering topics from airport layout, pavement, lighting, structures, and innovative growth
  • Weekly knowledge check quizzes, which will be turned in accompanied by screen shots of student progress.
  • Collaborative work between students, parents, and teachers performed in a virtual environment
  • STEM based applied knowledge in math, engineering, and career development

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