The Lindbergh Electric Aircraft (LEAF) Challenge is an engineering design challenge 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 out a specific task.

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 tower 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, demonstrate proof of concept by flying their airplane, and demonstrate this year's game task.

To encourage the use of this project and its curriculum in both formal and informal classrooms, The Lindbergh Foundation, Starfish Education and the Pacific Northwest AIAA host a coaches workshop to help teachers and coaches implement LEAF with their students and youth.

The Lindbergh Foundation, Starfish Education and Pacific Northwest AIAA are inspiring students and coaches 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!