The Lindbergh Electric Aircraft (LEAF) Challenge is an engineering design challenge designed for middle and high school students.  In this inquiry-based project, students are challenged to design, build and fly an aircraft that will successfully carry the most amount of cargo.

Each year the project parameters change, challenging student teams to stretch their thinking, but the aircraft is always built around a required motor that allows students to experience a low-cost, real-world challenge.

After teams have designed and built their aircraft, students demonstrate proof of concept by flying their aircraft.  Airplanes fly around a central power pole that can be easily assembled and run indoors.

Every year, our sponsors and partners host a regional competition for students to show what they have learned.  Students share their documentation through a visual display, formally present their designs to the judges, and demonstrate how much cargo their airplanes can carry.

To encourage the use of this curriculum in both formal and informal classrooms, Powering Imagination, Starfish Education and the Pacific Northwest AIAA host a coaches workshop to help teachers and coaches use this curriculum with students to help aerospace come alive!

The Lindbergh Foundation, Starfish Education and Pacific Northwest AIAA are inspiring students and teachers with the parallels between the LEAF Challenge and the cutting-edge innovations in full-scale electric flight.

Erik Lindbergh of the Lindbergh Foundation is collaborating with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to develop a test aircraft for quiet electric propulsion. The plane will be used for the development of quiet flight technologies to reduce aircraft noise over sensitive areas such as our National Parks. This program will be featured as an example of how the basic technical building blocks used by the students are similar to what is currently being researched by aerospace engineers.

For questions about using this project in your formal or informal classroom, please contact us!