The Electric Propulsion Innovation Challenge (EPIC) 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 small 3-6v 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.
Our 2021 Game- Touch N Go
In this year’s game- Touch N Go- student teams are challenged to design, build and fly an airplane that will touch down onto a designated target then immediately resume flight. Want to learn more? Check out our dedicated project site for this year’s game rules and more information.
Lane specializes in STEM curriculum design and professional development for K-12 stakeholders and enjoys making teachers’ lives easier through innovative, standards-based STEM lessons.