CNY Drones is Central New York’s drone community promoting STEM education and safety awareness via demonstrations, clinics, workshops, competitions and a social media informational hub.


Volunteer Affiliations

We’ve gathered the area’s drone authorities – agencies, officials, educators, manufacturers, clubs and enthusiasts to help organize the growth of STEM-based competitions, host a local social media information hub and share opportunities in our region.   CNY Drones is breaking into new territory by hosting a year-round support system with volunteers and events to help drive STEM interest in an area that directly supplies a growing local higher education and employment pipeline. 

Generous volunteers and supporters hail from area organizations including:

  • Air Force Research Lab
  • AIS
  • AMA
  • AX Enterprize
  • Carbone Auto Group
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Harris Corporation
  • JavaScouts Robotics
  • Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Microdrones USA
  • NUAIR Alliance
  • Griffiss International Airport
  • Poland Central School District
  • Quanterion Solutions Incorporated
  • Rome City School District
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • SRC, Inc.
  • WKTV

CNY Drones’ Mission

To promote involvement in STEM through the development and promotion of opportunities for students and adults to learn, share, compete, and create solutions to real world situations using unmanned aerial vehicles while providing mentorship connections via an informational hub linking students, engineers, hobbyists, educators, local government and the public.

How We Work

We are STEM advocates.  Our Planning Committee, formed in 2016, meets weekly.  The Planning Committee, fka – Competition Development Subcommittee, continues to steer promotion and event planning.   Full Committee meetings were scheduled monthly for all of 2016 and will attempt to be quarterly for 2017.  Full Committee Members have access to all of our information available via newsletter, emails and online drive access.  Our operations are driven by our dedicated Planning Committee and additional volunteers who staff our events and promote our continuing work in the community.

Our events and demonstrations are mostly on the weekends and weeknights in an effort to not interfere with our volunteers’ employment.  Events typically require advance planning of 2-4 months.   Our calendar books up fast.  Please contact us using our Event Request Form.


CNY Drones is housed fiscally under the Griffiss Institute’s 501(c)3 as CNY Drones @ RoboSpartans Robotics.   RoboSpartans Robotics had an incredibly successful 8 year run as a founding team of local FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League programs and as 3X World Championship multi-award Finalists.  After an initial meeting with drone enthusiasts, educators, government officials and drone technology company representatives in January 2016, CNY Drones was founded to continue STEM promotion through emphasis on robotic flight activities.  CNY Drones now hosts an Academy of Model Aeronautics Model Aviation Student Club and a MulitGP Racing Chapter.   All events are STEM/STEAM centered and run entirely by volunteers who are there to grow interest and give back to the community.

Want to learn more?  Contact us!