1. Competition Topic:
Individual Air Travel in 2112
Imagine how the individual of the future will use air travel 100 years from now.
- What would transportation vehicles be? Would they be flying cars, manpowered helicopters, or something else?
- What would the energy source for the vehicle be? Would it be fossil-based, manpowered, electric, or others?
- How would you drive/fly the vehicle? Would driving/flying the vehicle be similar to driving a car or flying a plane today? For example, today you control the car’s speed by stepping on the gas pedal and the brake controls slowing and stopping. You guide your car with the steering wheel, and driving depends on traffic situations. Today you can use cruise control when driving a long way without much traffic. This releases you from using the gas or brakes, thus reduces your driving workload. Can you think of a more creative way of driving your vehicle?
- What on-board avionics systems would you need to support your travel? For example, in a car, a gas meter tells you how much is left so that you can plan a stop to fill up. An engine rotation meter tells you the engine status so that you know the health of the engine. Today an air bag would deploy to protect you, a driver, and your passenger from being injured when a collision occurs. An onboard GPS system helps you to know where you are, which way to go, and even where you have been. Today, stereo systems provide entertainment, and many vehicles have DVD players to entertain children riding for long periods. In the future, what would the vehicle’s health monitor system, navigation system, life protection system, entertainment, and other systems be in your vehicle that would make your air travel safe and fun?
- What other support systems would you need to support flying? For example, in today’s airspace system, runways and helipads are built for aircraft takeoffs and landings. Radars and satellites assist pilots and air traffic controllers to know aircraft’s position and traffic situations. Radios serve as the major communication tool between pilots and air traffic controllers. Tell us what other ground or space avionics systems would support your travel in the future.
- How would you manage the traffic? For example, today’s road systems consist of highways, tunnels, parkways, bridges, high-occupancy vehicle lanes, local streets, and places to park. The signs, speed limits, traffic lights, and lanes provide the guidelines and therefore the driving environment for drivers, thus helping everyone drive safely. Traffic lights provide signals at intersection in order to safely control the traffic volume and assure that conflict vehicles do not try to occupy the same space at the same time. Police officers keep every driver following those rules.
- What else would you need to make safe and fun air travel?
Please draw and describe your air travel concepts.
The competition targets 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. The eligible students should register by the time of the conference, Oct. 14, 2012. Participants may compete as an individual or as a team. The maximum number of students on a team is four. A high school may form more than one team, and each team must submit their own design. Each student can belong to only one team.
The students must play the primary role in the problem-solving, however, they may receive technical and financial assistance from others. Please note that the intent and spirit of the competition is for the students, not others, to solve a problem. Persons acting as team mentors must limit the level of support provided to general guidance. Mentors must not contribute in any other form that might be considered original authorship, or in any way that may contribute to a claim of right or ownership for the submitted entry.
2.2 How to Participate
- Participation is on a proposal basis. Those teams that are interested must submit a Letter of Intention no later than
July 1 Extended to August 17th and a final competition proposal no later than October 1.
- Regardless of the nationality of the teams, all submittals and communications to and from DASC will be in English.
- All entry shall include a poster and a design document. Computer or hardware demonstrations are optional, but considered a plus for winning the competition.
- On the first page of the design document, please list all team member’s names and provide an original signature with their names that will serve as acknowledgement that team members are fully aware of the rules of this competition. Also, provide guardians’ names for team members that are less than 18 years old.
- On the second page of the design document, please list your mentor’s and other people’s names who provided assistance, including financial and technical support.
- At least one team member for each selected team is required to present their design in the 31st DASC conference.
The selected team will receive up to $200 financial support for travel to the conference dependent on the number of selected teams and available funding. The winning team will receive cash or equivalent-value gift reward. Award values for first, second, and third place are $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
4 Evaluation Criteria
The competition entries will be evaluated based on the following points.
- Innovation (30)
- Performance (completeness, safety, efficiency, and sustainability) (25)
- Future promise (cost and Practicality) (10)
5 Important Dates
Letter of Intent:
July 1, 2012 Extended to August 17th
Final Proposal (poster and document): October 1, 2012
Notification of Selected Teams: October 8, 2012
6 Useful Resources
Student Activities Chair
Leihong Li, Georgia Institute of Technology,