Build a Flying Car and Win at the San Diego...

Build a Flying Car and Win at the San Diego Air & Space Museum

Museum launches scholarship competition for local students

San Diego, 11.04.2012

San Diego, CA - November 5, 2012 - The San Diego Air & Space Museum, with generous sponsorship from the Ford Motor Company Fund, have launched "Fly Your Ride!," an exciting and engaging competition designed for students. The competition involves building a vehicle that can race down a ramp to see if it can soar over a gap. "Fly Your Ride!" is fun, creative and open for any student in grades 6th through 12th in San Diego County. Participants are eligible to win one of many scholarship prizes. Complete details are available at:

"This competition is designed to engage and encourage students who are not typical science fair winners," explained Francis French, the Museum’s Education Director. "It requires creative thinking, imagination, and a sense of fun; we think all students will have exciting ideas, whether they have traditionally performed well in science and math or not."

Money scholarship prizes will be awarded.
First prize (one per age range): $2500.
Second prize (one per age range): $1500.
Third prize (one per age range): $500
Creativity prize (two per age range): $200.

There are two age ranges in the competition:
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12.

The ramp will gradually be widened as the competition proceeds. The gap will begin at two feet, then be increased to three feet, then three and a half feet. If necessary, it will continue to be widened a half foot at a time, at judge discretion, to choose a winner. Distance – The Museum will award a prize for the vehicle that jumps the widest gap and is able to touch the horizontal ramp surface on the other size. Creativity – What was it about your design that was new, special, original? The Museum will award a prize for original thinking, even if that vehicle does not jump the gap furthest.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 7th, 2013
For additional details on the competition and to submit an entry, please visit:

"Fly Your Ride! Competition" is sponsored by both Ford Motor Company Fund and the San Diego Air & Space Museum to drive a brighter future in the San Diego community. To find out more about the work that Ford is doing in the San Diego community, please visit

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California's official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. Now on display, "How Things Fly," a special exhibition that examines the wonder of flight through four fun and interactive zones. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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