About the Challenge
Sea, Air and Land Challenge is an Office of Naval Research Sponsored program, in which teams of high school students learn the engineering process through the design of a system relevant to the Department of Defense. The systems are then used to compete in challenges that mimic missions encountered by the military, national security agencies and first responders.
Sea, Air and Land Challenge provides the opportunity for high school students and youth organizations to work together with educators and industry mentors. They have twelve to sixteen weeks to design unmanned vehicles and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads to compete in predefined sets of challenges. The challenges are designed by an industry engineer. For detailed instructions and guidelines about the challenges offered, please refer to the Challenge Guidelines found at http://sites.psu.edu/seaairlandchallengesecure/.
This is not a competition based on winning, all of the participants are winners and this is about the journey, not the finish line! Teams are judged based upon the team’s innovation and use of the engineering design process in building a vehicle and its ability to maneuver through a designated unknown course.
- Read Challenge Guidelines
- View Videos
- School Registration
- Build and Structure Teams
- Choose Challenges
- Team Fund-raising
- Consider Mentors & Volunteers
- Student Registration (Click Here)
- Pre-Challenge Surveys (Click Here)
- Begin Team Brainstorming
- Equipment Research
- Design Initial Concept
- Ensure Mentor and Volunteer Background Clearances Complete
- Preliminary Design Review (PDR) due for Review
- Critical Design Review (CDR) OPTIONAL for Review
- Fabrication and Testing Phase
- Flight Certification Test
- Challenge Day
- Final Reports (Optional)
- Surveys (Required) for Educators, Students, Mentors