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FAA Airport Design Challenge Takes Off

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will open its Airport Design Challenge registration on November 1, 2021.This annual competition gives K-12 students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects the opportunity to meet aviation professionals and learn about aerospace careers. Using Minecraft, a Microsoft game that became popular in 2012, students will design virtual airports with guidance from FAA Aerospace and engineering experts. The Airport Design Challenge, which will last for seven weeks, will begin on November 15, 2021.In small teams, students will collaborate to learn about their local airports and complete developmental tasks in Minecraft. Over the course of five weeks of organized lesson plans, the teams will cover topics such as airport layout, pavement and lighting. Weekly quizzes and screenshots of students' designs will allow for feedback from the program."The one thing that I find most intriguing about this whole program, was that the Airport Design Challenge allows students of all ages to compete at a global level, while also being able to have fun and learn at the same time," said Arjun Saini a lead on Team Aireos, which placed in the top three during last year's Challenge.The virtual event is open to both U.S. and international students. Last year, approximately 800 students participated, with more expected this year.
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