LEAF STEM Challenge


Make your STEM classroom come alive with real-world aerospace connections!

As you’re looking to your grades 6-12 STEM enrichment planning for 2015-16, you might want to take a look at the Pacific Northwest AIAA’s LEAF STEM Challenge. It’s a comprehensive, tested curriculum and capstone event designed by AIAA to teach fundamental concepts of physics, math and engineering by having students design, build and fly a tethered electric airplane.

Formerly the Electric Airplane Challenge, the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Flight (LEAF) STEM Challenge teaches students to design, build and fly an electric airplane that will carry the most amount of cargo.

Design | Build | Fly | Compete


It’s also an opportunity to join your colleagues and your Pacific Northwest AIAA section to learn more about bringing aerospace into your STEM classroom by designing, building and flying an electric model airplane…and even entering into competition with your colleagues and their classrooms in the capstone fly-off event in the spring. .

Teacher Workshop

AIAA Educator Academy Dayton 038aTo get ready for the school year, we offer a one day teachers’ workshop the summer before, where teachers get familiar with the curriculum and build their own airplane.

Bring a friend and join us for some aerospace fun!

What are the basic rules?

Rules for participation are pretty easy.  Students must be in grades 6-12 to participate.  Airplanes use the same motor specification and must not measure any larger than 36″ (91 cm) in any one direction. Students must fly at least one successful lap with and without cargo. The student teams whose airplanes carry the most cargo win!

Want to know more?

Visit the project site at http://www.leafchallenge.com/