Flying Cars led to Scholarships at the San...
Flying Cars led to Scholarships at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
$11,000 in scholarships awarded to 25 deserving students
San Diego, 3.20.2013
San Diego, CA - March 20, 2013 - This past weekend, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, with generous sponsorship from the Ford Motor Company Fund, launched its very first annual Fly Your Ride! Competition. Ten scholarship prizes were awarded to winners in each category, a total of $11,000. Middle school and high school teams from all over San Diego County worked tirelessly, some over the span of six months, to design and build flying cars. Their final products were tested to see if they could jump over an ever-increasing gap after going down a ramp. The Museum received around 50 middle school entries and over 90 high school entries, which was narrowed down to 17 teams competing in the middle school finals and 20 teams competing in the high school finals.
"The variety of entries was outstanding," said Francis French, the Museum's director of education. "Faced with the exact same challenge, these kids came up with such an imaginative variety of designs. The creativity they showed was incredible! After this year's huge response we are looking forward to expanding the competition next year, rewarding even more creativity here in our community."
First Place Distance Prize of $2500 - Nicholas Ciepley - 6th Grade, Mission Estancia Elementary. His winning distance was 3 feet!
Second Place Distance Prize of $1500 - Owen Doring - 6th Grade, Lewis Middle School
Third Place of $500 - Noah Mumford, Andrew Pettit, Alistair Vizuet, Cole Wagner, and Wyatt Zolla – 8th Grade, Coronado Middle School
Creativity Prize of $500 - Avi Martin and Brandon Matsumoto - 7th Grade, Lewis Middle School
Creativity Prize of $500 - Spencer Schoell – 6th Grade, High Tech High Middle School North County
First Place Distance Prize of $2500 - Miguel Gonzalez, Andres Perez, Tyler Ramsey, and Josh Smith - 12th Grade, Ocean View Christian Academy – Their winning distance was 4 feet and 6 inches!
Second Place Distance Prize of $1500 - Jing Liew, Kawai Pit, Isabel Quan, and Raul Sanchez – 11th Grade, La Jolla High School
Third Place Distance Prize of $500 - Estefania Vinalay – 12th grade, Preuss School
Creativity Prize of $500 - Claire Arthurs and Kathleen Fan – 12th Grade, La Jolla High School
Creativity Prize of $500 - Whitney Francis, Sarah Guha Roy, Anna Law, and Brian Thai - 10th and 11th Grade, La Jolla High School
Fly Your Ride! Competition was 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 www.sandiegocountyford.com.
For more information on the San Diego Air & Space Museum, please visit sandiegoairandspace.org.
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. Currently on display: Ripley's Believe It or Not!, a wacky, weird exhibit exploring the life and artifacts of Robert Ripley. This is the first time a Ripley’s exhibit has been in San Diego since 1935. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00am to 4:30 pm with admissions until 4:00 pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.