STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Math – drives the advancement of Central New York industry.  Mentorship & hands-on activities provide a key mechanisms for encouraging & sustaining student interest in STEM.  CNY Drones mentors provide the link between sparked interest & Central New York’s drone education & employment pipeline – year-round!

Learn About Us!             December 2018 Newsletter

Join the Annual Team Drone Challenge!


We’re looking for that final team to round out our 16 team, dual-field competition!  For the second year, CNY Drones has made affordability a top priority in planning an easy entry, STEM program that links students to the drone technology education & employment pipeline.   For less than $600, up to 15 students can gain valuable, impactful, experience with drone technology while competing and learning from other teams in New York and beyond!   2019 FOREST FURY simulates real-world tasks with scoring elements centered around wildfire triggered events.  All are challenging, yet attainable, drawing on the framework for Next Generation Science Standards while maintaining a fun learning environment.

Team Locations as of 11/30/18


2019 Forest Fury  Team Drone Challenge Regular Registration is open through January 30, 2019 (or until we fill the last remaining spots!)  Space is going fast!!!

Are you in?   Registration Page   School PO’s & PayPal accepted!

Challenge Specs  now include our preliminary field layout

2019 Online Release Form easy access for your team members!

Special thanks to SUNY AMA UMASC #15104 for hosting Drone Info Day & our Forest Fury Season Kick-Off in the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Student Center and to all the participating exhibitors!  We enjoyed sharing with you!

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Can we pick your brain?

Starting in January, we’ll begin planning the 2020 Team Drone Challenge.  Currently referred to as Farm-i-geddon, we could use ideas for flight missions & elements  –  directly from those who are “in the field”.   Let us know what you are doing with drones in agriculture & help give relevant experience to student teams through our annual competition!   We appreciate community support for continuation of this low-cost, accessible program for middle & high school students!   And — we’re thinking ahead to 2021 with an urban theme!  Get in on the action, get in on the STEM!

Questions?  Contact Us!

Last site update: Dec 12, 2018 @ 1:18 pm

Administrator – Lisa

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