General Lab Information

What is the MAGLEV Contest?

In this competition, you will learn about MAGLEV technology and use math, science, and technology principles to optimize the design of a MAGLEV vehicle. Long Island, like so many areas, has traffic congestion problems. Many experts believe the best way to solve this problem is to design new transportation systems. One approach is to develop "MAGLEV" vehicles that float over a fixed track, supported (levitated) and driven by magnetic fields. This is like flying with lift provided by magnets instead of wings.

Registration coming soon.

Who Can Participate?

This competition is suitable for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students with their teachers.


MAGLEV Competition

How Do I Register?

A teacher will register the top 15 maglev vehicles created at their school. If you are a teacher with students who would like to participate, register your students here.

Getting Vehicles to Brookhaven Lab

Vehicles and their accompanying design portfolio will be delivered by their teacher to Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 24, 2021 between 3 pm to 5 pm. If teachers prefer to ship the vehicles to BNL, please email maglevcontest@bnl.gov to get shipping information.

Join the Competition Remotely

The Zoom connection information will be provided to you prior to the start of the event. Please do not give out this connection information. It is only for registered attendees.

What are the Rules?

The competition information page contains all the rules along with some helpful information for working on your design.

Student Design Portfolio

The steps in this Design Portfolio will help you complete your MAGLEV vehicle design. Writing down what you did or found in each step will help you and others learn from your work.

It will also help the competition judges understand your design approach. The design process begins with a Problem Statement. Here you should state exactly what your design is trying to accomplish. Next, under Investigation, list the questions you will have to answer to come up with a successful design.

The remaining steps take you through the rest of the design process. As you complete your design, fill in your responses to each step. You may add tables, charts, drawings or anything else you think will help you and your readers understand what you did.

When are the Awards Given Out?

We will be holding a virtual awards ceremony online on April 16, 2021. Details will be added here as the competition gets closer. The winners will be awarded trophies, which will be mailed to their school to be distributed to them.

Important Dates

January 1, 2021 Registration opens at 1:00 am
March 19, 2021 Registration closes at 11:45 pm
March 24, 2021 Maglev VehicleDrop-Off at the Main Gate - 3 pm to 5 pm
April 16, 2021 Online Awards Ceremony - Time: To be determined

Competition Information

2017 MAGLEV Participants
MAGLEV Participants
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