Drone Camp

Students Explore Drones
Posted on 05/07/2019
Drone session

MOBOCES hosted its first Drone Camp on May 7, providing students from the region with an opportunity for hands-on exploration of drone technology.

The one-day camp allowed students to manually fly drones through an obstacle course, program drones to fly across the room, test out a flight simulation software, and learn about drone-related trends, research and careers. They even had a low-tech session – trying to fly cardboard gliders and hand copters – to explore the basics concepts of aerodynamics and flight.

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Maria Smith, director of the Mid-State Teacher Center at MOBOCES, said one of the camp’s goals is to inspire students to study science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math, or STEAM. 

students flying drones“Drones are interesting to kids, and if they want to know more about them, they will have to learn more about various STEAM topics,” she said. “Drones are an engagement strategy for kids to learn and think more deeply about STEAM subjects.”

Student teams from two CTE programs at MOBOCES, Advanced Manufacturing and Conservation, participated in the event, as did a team from the Alternative Education High School. Oneida and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill also sent student teams to the camp.

Mid-State Teacher Center partnered with Project Fibonacci, where Smith also works, to offer the camp. Project Fibonacci, a Rome-based nonprofit that focuses on STEAM promotion and development, has sponsored more than 20 similar drone camps around the region over the past four years, Smith said.

flight simulatorShe said the overall goal of the camps are to help schools to utilize curriculum involving unmanned aerial systems/vehicles (UAS/V) – or drone – technologies. The camps also teach participants about the national air space and FAA rules for both pilots and hobbyists using drones.

In addition to Project Fibonacci representatives, NUAIR, ANDRO and CNY Drones also sent representatives to work with students at different activity stations.