Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run through Oct. 15, is open to children ages nine through 16. The winner will receive the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award and a $1,000 scholarship, and will be flown to Sikorsky's Stratford, Conn. headquarters to tour the H-60 assembly lines and meet Sikorsky rotorcraft engineers. "Our goal is to challenge kids to think about the future and how they can use their science and math skills to make a positive change in the world," said Sikorsky VP/Chief Information Officer Judith Bankowski. Sikorsky is co-sponsoring this annual challenge with By Kids For Kids, a Connecticut-based organization that works to inspire children to become successful inventors. For more information about the competition and program, visit www.helicopter2050.com.
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