Friday, July 5, 2013

A Helicopter Design Contest for Kids

Submissions are now being accepted for the 3rd annual Sikorksy Helicopter 2050 Challenge. This contest asks students to design the helicopter of the future. Submissions are judged based on uniqueness of concept, description of the idea, and the potential of the design to overcome challenges. The winning design receives a scholarship from Sikorksy and a trip to Sikorsky headquarters. Contest submissions will be accepted through September 20, 2013.

Sikorsky has put together a nice brainstorming page to help students develop ideas for their helicopter designs. For schools and museums Sikorsky has a digital binder of activities designed around the Helicopter 2050 contest. Included in both the digital binder and the brainstorming pages is this timeline of Sikorsky helicopter development.