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Scholarship competition challenges kids to create the helicopter of the future

July 7, 2014 Updated: July 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm
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Kids, ages 9-16, who have a great idea for how a helicopter of the future should be designed, can enter a competition to win a $1,000 scholarship.

Contestants will design a helicopter that addresses the potential challenges of 2050 and plan for how their "Helicopters of the Future" would overcome those challenges.

Entries are being accepted through Sept. 30 at www.helicopter2050.com.

The winner will receive the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award along with the scholarship. In addition, the young innovator will be flown to Sikorsky Aircraft's headquarters in Stratford, Conn., to tour the assembly line of the Black Hawk and Seahawk military helicopters and meet with rotorcraft engineers.

The contest is sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and By Kids For Kids, a Connecticut-based organization whose educational content inspires kids to become successful inventors.

Museums will use hands-on activities to help students imagine the environmental future and challenges of helicopters. Teachers and museum staff can sign up at www.helicopter2050.com to receive free program materials.

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