Federal Aviation Administration invited all K-12 students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for the 2020 Federal Aviation Administration STEM Aviation and Space Education Airport Design Challenge.

The challenge was open for enrollment as of 25 October 2020.

Students selected will get to meet aviation professionals and learn about the aerospace industry.

The middle and high-school students will also gain first-hand experience in an aviation-related application of STEM concepts and careers.

This challenge involves students using Microsoft Minecraft to design virtual airports with guidance from FAA aerospace and engineering experts.

Grouped in small teams, students will collaborate to learn about their local airports and to complete developmental tasks in Minecraft.

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In the five-week lesson plan, participants will cover topics ranging from airport layout, pavement and lighting to structures and innovative growth.

The programme facilitators will make use of weekly knowledge-check quizzes and screenshots of students’ designs to evaluate progress and provide feedback.

The collaborative work between students, parents and facilitators will focus on applying STEM-based knowledge in math, engineering and career development.

Participants will be encouraged to form teams of up to five members and may also take part individually.

This virtual event is open to students in the US and other countries. In 2019, around 800 students participated and many more are expected this year.