American Velocity Challenge
is a new kind of competition: a hi-tech adventure race similar in scope to some of the most demanding competitions of our time. While the Iditarod or the Ironman Triathlon might be great displays of physical prowess, the American Velocity Challenge is an epic contest pitting people’s genius for invention and innovation against the forces of nature, the clock – and one another.
This groundbreaking event will challenge contestants to invent and race one-of-a-kind machines over land, water, and air. Think of it as the American Idol of STEM: a contest celebrating talent with the winner determined by ingenuity, technical expertise, and brainpower.
The American Velocity Challenge will be a competition between students from top-tier U.S. universities and engineering schools, led by professors and technical advisors from sponsoring technology, aerospace, and energy companies. Teams consisting of third and fourth year students of engineering and other applied sciences programs will compete in an intensely challenging adventure race across hundreds of miles of the United States.
Like all great competitions, the challenge is at once simple and infinitely complex. Each team, representing a university or consortium of universities and its sponsoring company, will be issued a high-performance engine, a limited amount of fuel (not enough to finish the race on engine power alone), and a significant payload.
But there is a catch. Using the engine they’ve been issued, competitors must design and build from scratch machines that can cover significant distances across land, water, and air. They will race these vehicles over a competition period of approximately ten days. Along the way, they will be tested by unique physical, mental and endurance challenges designed collaboratively between some of America’s great engineers and some of its best reality producers. And all of it will be captured on camera, in social media and across the public conversation. Teams will be ranked based on their ability to conserve fuel, haul the payload and, of course, their ability to complete each leg in as little time as possible.
In cooperation with NASA, the Experimental Aircraft Association and Sonex Aircraft, which bring expertise in aeronautics, a history of grand challenges and access to exclusive government facilities and resources, the American Velocity Challenge will be a breakthrough event that marries together the engagement of a heart pounding competition with the national conversation around nurturing the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math leaders. It will turn the critical but often inaccessible conversation around STEM education and public policy into a dynamic, human quest for achievement, innovation and glory. And it will bring together the next generation of technology leaders in the country, the nation’s finest universities and the best minds from American corporations into this quest. The American Velocity Challenge will humanize, publicize and most importantly magnify and celebrate American ingenuity and technology innovation and bring it to the public in an entirely new and compelling way.
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