For the Hawk Challenge, teams of two to four students will construct a paper airplane that can carry $1 worth of US coins. Teams will be judged based on creativity, presentation, and plane performance.

The Prize

  • 1st Prize: $500
  • 2nd Prize: $300
  • 3rd Prize: $200

Construction Rules

  • Use 81/2 x 11 size paper.
  • Use the same number of paper as the number of group members you have.
  • The paper airplane must carry a pay load of exactly $1 worth of US coinage of any denomination.
  • The final product must be able to fly. It cannot simply be a projectile that will travel as far as it is thrown (cannot ball up paper).

Presentation Rules

  • Your 3-minute pitch should explain why your plan should win.
  • Any number of group members can be involved in the Pitch.
  • The pitch can be a YouTube video, PowerPoint, or just one person with a microphone.

Flight Day Rules

  • All participants must attend the Flight Day (date to be determined). Late or absences of participants will result in automatic disqualification.
  • Each team must arrive with their plane concealed.
  • Teams will then take turns (order chosen at random) presenting their planes.
  • The teams will toss the planes off of the Ridgeway balcony.
  • Each team will have the option of tossing their plane twice. If the team chooses to toss a second time the first toss will be null and void.
  • The plane will be inspected after the toss. Participants are required to deposit $10 to register and will be refunded their deposit upon participation. Students who do not participate will not be refunded their deposit.

Judging Criteria

The judges will score each pitch on a 30-point scale, based on the following criteria:

  • The challenge is clearly defined and the opportunity clearly solves the identified problem.
  • Creative use of materials and uniqueness of design
  • The presenter convincingly shows that the team is capable of developing and executing the opportunity.
  • The pitch is presented in a logical, professional and passionate manner.
  • Use of visual aids greatly enhances interest and clarity.

The average of the judge’s score and the audience poll will determine a final judge score. Plane performance will be measured in two categories – distance traveled and time aloft. (Time aloft will be weighted double.) The winner of the competition will have the best average scores in number of judge’s votes from the pitch portion, distance traveled, and flight time. We reserve the right to make all final decisions


To be determined