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Build A Plane and Cessna Aircraft have teamed to bring an aviation-themed national build challenge to schools across the country.

As part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiative to get children more interested in math, science, and technology, Build A Plane, Cessna, and Parametric Technology Corporation will be supplying computer-aided design software to schools for kids to design new aircraft. The program allows students to collaborate via the Web with engineers from the DOE and Cessna.

Build A Plane also announced at Oshkosh on July 29 that the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is supporting Build A Plane participants from Kentucky at the show. The students are restoring an Aeronca Champ, and they will be working on it throughout the show at GAMA’s booth.

Build A Plane was formed to get children excited about aviation. The group’s first project was a Cessna 150 in California. By the end of the refurbishment, two students had soloed, two were attending airframe and powerplant school on the weekends, and one had enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The group now has 70 airplanes in schools around the country.

Ian J. Twombly

Ian J. Twombly

"Flight Training" Editor
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.

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