General Lab Information

The Department of Energy is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the United States. In order to consider the most current circumstances at the time of the event, the final decision on whether the MAGLEV Competition will be held virtually or on-site at Brookhaven National Laboratory will be announced on March 18, 2022 (see below for more details).

What is the MAGLEV Competition?

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.

This 2022 MAGLEV Competition is open to the public. To be eligible to attend, all participants must register online by April 8, 2022. For questions or assistance with registering, please contact the Competition Coordinator.

I would like to register

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.

What is Different About MAGLEV 2022?

Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the spring to determine if the competition can be held in-person at Brookhaven Lab or virtually.

  • If in-person: we will be inviting one school at a time to the Science Learning Center over the week of May 2–6, 2022. We will reach out to teachers shortly after they register to choose a 90-minute time slot for their competition visit.
  • If virtually: we will reach out to teachers to schedule a time in April to drop off their students’ vehicles to be tested by our staff over the week of May 2–6, 2022. We will then post a video of the testing on this website after the online awards ceremony.

In either scenario, the winners will be announced during an virtual awards ceremony on May 11, 2022 (time to be announced).

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 May 11, 2022. 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

September 14, 2021 General registration opens
April 8, 2022 Registration closes
May 2–6, 2022 MAGLEV Week (see “What is Different About MAGLEV 2022?” for more information)
May 11, 2022 Virtual Awards Ceremony
Time: To be announced

Competition Information

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