|We have information and activities to help you find the academic competition that is right for your class. As the home of the Maine State Solar Sprint Championship for the last 5 years, we recognize the importance of such competitions, and wish to foster this creative spirit in school aged children. Below you will find links to many innovative and exciting transportation related academic competitions on the national level, as well as a link to a complete sourcebook of competition events to be run on the local level, including rules, supporting links, and supplies.
Pitsco is a catalog supply company whose mission is, "To lead educational change, which positively affects students." Their competition catalog, and the accompanying web site, offer suggested rules and regulations for 32 academic competitions, along with links to supporting websites and similar competitions. If you are interested in participating in a competitive event, this is the place to start your search.
Junior Solar Sprints
A model solar vehicle competition for Middle School students. Offering Middle School students an opportunity to design, build and race miniature solar cars. This is a nationwide competition, with local, state, and regional levels. Students work in teams to create their own best vehicle, using a motor, a solar panel, and whatever vehicle materials the students choose.
A full scale, one person electric vehicle is the product of this competition. The goals are to engage competitors and to increase awareness of the uses and potential of electric vehicles amongst spectators and competitors. Winners are chosen by distance traveled in one hour with a limited battery capacity.
Indoor Free Flight
The Academy of Model Aeronautics has posted rules for rubber band-powered model competitions, as well as information on purchasing and building models. The information offered by this site will get your school well on its way to the competition and to units on flight and aeronautics.
EAA Sport Aviation Art Competition
Each year the Experimental Aircraft Association sponsors an Aviation Art Competition including special categories for youth to age 16. Entry to the competition is free!