The San Diego Air & Space Museum is calling on aspiring aeronautical engineers throughout Southern California to submit plans for a “flying car” by year end.
The Fly Your Ride competition, co-sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric and the Best Buy Foundation, is for students who want to build a vehicle no larger than a shoebox, launch it down a ramp, and see if it can jump a gap.
It’s open to students in 6th through 12th grade living in Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.
Blueprints are due for evaluation on Jan. 31 and the competition day is April 22.
The rules are complex, but the completed car must fit in a space of 16 by 8 by 5 inches, including protruding wings, propellers, balloons and parachutes.
More information is available on the contest web page.
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