The Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Flight (LEAF) STEM Challenge is a hands-on aerospace project for kids in grades 6-12.
Each year, the game changes, but the premise remains the same- Form a team of up to three students to design, build and fly a small electric airplane that will carry out a specific task.
Airplanes are required to use a specific project motor that costs around $1, so this low-cost project is ideal for teachers and coaches who want to make an impact in STEM and explore the world of aviation and aerospace in a hands-on way.
Airplanes fly around a central tower (tethered flight) so the game is easily played indoors on any floor with a smooth surface. First, students prove that their airplane is flight-worthy then they can play this year’s game.
The game for 2020 is Touch N Go. In this game, student teams will design, build and fly an airplane that will touch down onto a designated target then immediately resume flight. Targets are placed around the flight circle and touching down on them earns points for the team!
Pssst…if you’re in the Seattle area or the St. Louis area, join us for our in-person Coaches Workshop, where participants get to build and fly their own airplanes! Register for our Seattle workshop here.
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