Education Sponsoring Event Partner:

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Scale Model Aerospace and Aviation Themed

Gingerbread Competition

for the December Holiday Fly-In DUE December 1st 

Education Sponsoring Event Partner:

RULES & GUIDELINES: 


Theme:
“The sky is just the beginning...Adventures in aerospace and aviation”
 
All entries must comply with the following rules.

The Aerospace Center for Excellence in accordance with the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance rules regulations and guidelines reserves the right to reject any entry that does meet a minimum modicum of quality workmanship befitting the contest.  

 
Entry Guidelines: 

One entry per class, group, or individual. Must be a resident of Florida.

Structures must be aerospace and aviation-themed.

**As this is the first year, there will be no individual or group categories. 

Classifications:

  1. Elementary
  2. Middle School
  3. High School
  4. Collegiate
  5. Amateur/Family
  6. Professional.

Businesses may enter both amateur or professional except for professional architecture, home design, and aerospace/aviation companies just to keep it fair.

 
Materials: 

The basic structure of all entries is considered non-edible and may be constructed of any material (e.g. glue, milk cartons, boxes, etc.). However, the exterior of the model must be made of materials normally suitable for human edible consumption over at least 95% of the surface area of the scale model including the scale model and contain at least one element or piece of gingerbread no smaller than the size of 2 US quarters. Models also must be constructed in the spirit of the homemade and handcrafted ‘maker’ experiences. The use of pre-bought model kits that are covered in ‘edible product’ is strictly prohibited. 3D printing is allowed for up to 10% of the overall model constructed and must be 100% covered in an edible product suitable for gingerbread.

 
Size: 

The base of the Gingerbread Building must be no larger than 24″ x 24″ (or 2 feet by 2 feet). The exhibit must be no more than 24″ tall including the base of the structure. Bases can be constructed of any material, must be covered in consumable ‘edible’ product, and no thicker than 2 inches in depth. The length and width of the base cannot exceed 24” x 24”. A 24” x 24” square cut of plywood is the most often type of base contestants have used in past competitions. 

The size of the competition square entry space is on a table marked off with tape in the ACE SkyLab Innovation Center will be 3’ feet x 3’ feet approximately or 36” x 36”. 

PRIZES:

 
Prizes to be announced by October 31st.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

 

Exhibition Evidence Needed:

  1. 3-6 photos of your structure taken from the front, back, and a top view. 
  2. 3-6 photos of your structure in the design process as evidence of it being hand-crafted or ‘maker’ and not from a kit from the front, back, and/or a top view. 
  3. A blueprint or schematic design showing the scale of your structure. 
  4. For youth categories, a minimum of a paragraph (elementary category), 3 paragraphs (middle school), 5 paragraphs (high school) explaining the architectural significance of the structure and why you chose it. There is no limit to how much information can be provided on your scale structure as long as the packet does not exceed the width of a 2” binder.
  5. For adult categories, a minimum of a paragraph (amateur category), 3 paragraphs (collegiate), and 5 paragraphs (professional) explaining the architectural significance of the structure to aerospace and/or aviation and why you chose it. There is no limit to how much information can be provided on your scale structure as long as the packet does not exceed the width of a 2” binder.

Submission Deadlines

  1. Structures can be dropped off at the ACE SkyLab Innovation Center from Monday, November 29th to Wednesday, December 1st between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm.  
  2. No entry will be admitted for judging after Wednesday, December 1st to ensure judging begins Friday, December 3rd
  3. Space reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Once the submission space for the event is sold out/reaches capacity, no other entries will be accepted.

 

When to Drop Off Your Structure 

There is limited space within the ACE SkyLab Innovation Center. It is highly recommended that participants reserve space well in advance. Space reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Once the submission space for the event is sold out/reaches capacity, no other entries will be accepted. Please register on our website at www.aceedu.org

  1. Structures can be dropped off at the ACE SkyLab Innovation Center from Monday, November 29th to Wednesday, December 1st between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm.  
  2. It is highly recommended to make an appointment to drop off your scale model. If the hours of 8 am to 4 pm do not work, contact Robin Kirk. The ACE SkyLab Innovation Center will do its best to accommodate any needs for successful submission.

Winner Timeline:

  1. Winners will be announced on the ACE website and in person at the Fly-In on Sunday, December 4th at a TBD time of day no later than noon on December 4th
  2. 1st place winners will be contacted directly late Saturday night/early Sunday morning to ensure winners will be present at the announcement. Ribbons will be awarded on Friday and Saturday as they are decided. 

ROYAL ICING: 

 

3 large eggs – separated 

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar 

1 (16oz.) package of powdered sugar 

 

Step 1: Combine cream of tartar and room temperature egg whites in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed until the whites are frothy. Gradually add sugar, beating on low until the sugar is moistened. 

Step 2: Beat at high speed until mixture is very glossy and stiff peaks form (5-7 minutes). If necessary, add more powdered sugar. Icing dries out quickly; keep it covered. It keeps 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Never double the recipe; make 2 batches instead. Can be colored with food coloring or piped. 

BUILDING THIS INTO YOUR CURRICULUM

Ideas on how to incorporate this activity into your classroom or extend the learning

CONSTRUCTING A STRONG GINGERBREAD ENTRY

Tips from the pros on how to build a successful and strong Gingerbread structure

BUILDING INSPIRATION

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