6. Encouraging Competition

Educational institutions, hobbyists and perhaps some government agencies should help encourage and organize competitions in every field of science (especially material sciences and engineering). The purpose of such competitions would be to help create a greater public interest in finding new and perhaps better ways to design things. For example, these competitions could have rules that artificially limit one or more variables while requiring the same task to be accomplished by working with the other variables. For example, instead of trying to build the fastest remote controlled airplane or the highest flying remote controlled airplane, it would be more exciting to build the fastest airplane with a length of 10 feet or the highest flying airplane with a wingspan of 15 feet. Radio controlled planes made from ice (flown in freezing temperatures, of course) or concrete would be another interesting possibility.

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