NASA AND FAA CO-SPONSOR STUDENT COMPETITION
AWARDS RECOGNIZE REVOLUTIONARY VEHICLE
Today’s high school and college students will lead our
nation’s future aeronautics research efforts. Some of their
innovative ideas will be presented at the Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA) Air Venture.
Student competition poster
Image credit: NASA
A national competition, sponsored by NASA and the FAA, inspired
students to think about the future of aeronautics and aviation.
High school students were challenged to solve personal air vehicle
problems. College students chose one of several vehicle categories
that are part of the NASA Vehicle Systems Program.
Seven university teams and two high school teams will present
overviews of their projects at the FAA forums today at 8 a.m. -
11:30 a.m. at EAA Air Venture, Oshkosh, Wisc. For additional
information, call Kathy Barnstorff at 757-344-8511 (mobile) or Liz
Ward at 757-344-5994 (mobile).
Vehicle classes for the 2004 competition included: Runway
Independent Vehicles, Personal Air Vehicles, Subsonic Transports
and Unmanned Air Vehicles.
The competition attracted participants from 13 states and
involved hundreds of students and teachers. Winners were determined
by a group of reviewers from NASA’s research facilities
across the country and the FAA Hughes Technical Center. Entries
were rated on innovation, feasibility, cost analysis, base-line
comparison with current technologies and thoroughness of
The top teams received awards ranging from $3,000 for college
teams to $750 for high school teams. Awards were funded by NASA and
the FAA and administered through Christopher Newport University,
Newport News, Va.
For more information about the student competition, please visit
the web site at: