What is the LEAF STEM Challenge?

The LEAF (Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Flight) STEM Challenge is designed for students in grades 6-12.  Students teams are challenged to design, build, and fly an electric, tethered airplane that will successfully carry out a particular task.  The game changes each year, so come fly with us!

Where will this Challenge be held?

The LEAF Fly-Off is held annually in December at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA.  We hope to see you and your students there!

How can my students participate?

Download the FREE resources to get started! Have questions?  In partnership with our Legacy Sponsors The Lindbergh Foundation and Pacific Northwest AIAA and other key sponsors, we also support a coaches workshop each summer in the Seattle area.  Attending is a great way to quickly get you up to speed and teachers can earn Washington STEM clock hours towards certification.  You’ll also have an opportunity to meet and network with the other participants.

What are the basic rules?

Students must be in grades 6-12 to participate.  Airplanes must use the required motor and must adhere to a set of criteria, which may change year to year depending on the game.  Check our project site for this year’s game.

Where do I get supplies for LEAF?

The airplane designs are up to students, so they can use any supplies they would like (as long as they follow the rules provided with each year’s game), but the Flight Circle apparatus for testing their airplanes is available here.  This is the same set-up that will be used at our annual Fly-Off.  We also offer a hands-on curriculum that helps students build background knowledge on the principles of flight.

Where do I register my teams?

Once registration is open, you’ll be able to register your teams at our project site: www.LEAFChallenge.com

For more information and free resources for implementing this project, visit our dedicated project site.