Annual STEM-Focused Team Drone Challenge

We’re set for a 2-field, 16-team competition at SUNY Polytechnic Institute on April 7, 2019, hosted  by the SUNY AMA UMASC 15104 in cooperation with the SUNY Fabrication Club & SUNY 3D Printing & Design Club.  Our second season challenge is called FOREST FURY.
School teams, after-school programs, clubs, families & community-based teams are invited to participate each year starting on or around October 1st at our Annual Drone Info Day.  Our program currently targets middle & high school aged students.  We encourage college groups to contact us as interest develops for a second college level event.

“No words can describe the amount for respect and honor I have for everyone connected with CNY Drones and the promotion of STEM outreach this organization does with local community and youth programs. The work you guys do is ground breaking…  Keep up the great work and passion for everything STEM!  –  Sgt. Johnny Hines, NYPD

Experience FPV

Introductory Flying Sessions –  an indoor program using our FPV goggles, controller & drone. Age 11+, groups of 4 to 12, 2 hours of hands-on instruction.  Participant to mentor ratio:  2 to 1 and often 1 to 1. Our sessions get the technology in the hands of students, allowing them the freedom to explore with guidance from experienced AMA recreational pilots.   Participants are provided connection to our mentors for further questions as well as information on safety, purchasing drones, our workshops, tech meets, & races as well as our Team Drone Competition.

Build, Fly & Take Home Workshop

For those who are serious about getting started with drones – we’ll get you building so you’ll know how to make repairs & understanding the programming so you can add to your drone collection!   You’ll go home with a complete flying kit that can easily be added to as you grow into the sport, along with access to our participant resource folder & mentors for any follow-up questions you have along the way.  Age 11+ , groups of 4 to 12, 4-6 hours of guided drone assembly & flying.  Participants from this program have started teams for annual Team Drone Competition and have become mentors for CNY Drones.   Our Build Workshops run from $400+/per person depending on the extent of the drone kit offered and program length.  Our workshop can be offered as open enrollment event or for presentation to a specific group.  Due to ordering and pre-program kit prep requirements, the enrollment cut-off for any build workshop is typically 1 month in advance.  Our pre-program inspection & prep reduces day of event issues with equipment that are typical when using electronics, motors and batteries. 


  • We partner with teacher groups, community organizations & companies to bring recreational drones & safety knowledge to interested groups via contracted presentation &/or individualized program development.
  • We help bring drones into the classroom & guide teachers in creating curriculum modules.
  • We assist in connecting fellow teachers around the State who are just starting out or are deep into drone programs of their own.   We network!

Mini-Workshops, Interactive Exhibits, Mini-Challenges & Blended Programs

A single module or a mix of modules.    Ask us about what we can offer your group! 

  + drone & battery safety

  + scaling up primer –  building larger scale drones

  + mapping

  + 3D modeling drone parts



Intro to Drones Interactive Presentation (1-2 hrs)

Inject drones into your summer program!  Two of our mentor/recreational pilots will share drone history, safety, a variety of drones for recreational & professional use and give ride-alongs to participants using FPV – First Person View goggles and large screen viewing for the less adventurous.  Our intro/demo programs run from $349+ per presentation depending on program length, group size, and equipment requirements. We also offer tailored experiences!  Let us know what you’d like for your group!  

Drone-Focused Mini-Challenge (4-6 hrs)

Contact Us about creating a tailored program to meet your needs with multiple interactive stations & challenges for ages 11+.   Program length, equipment, venue, group size, mentors required and travel determines our cost.  Let us know what you envision and we can plug the numbers into our cost worksheet.

  • FPV – First Person Viewing Zone & Ride Along Goggles
  • Flight Simulator Zone
  • Drone Display & Clinic Zone
  • Safety Quiz Zone
  • Drag Race Zone
  • Obstacle Course Zone
  • Tiny Hovercraft Soccer & Drag Race Zone
  • 3D Printing & CAD Zone

“It was obvious you put a lot of effort and time in preparing all the different activities…The students had a great time and lots of fun learning about drone technology… The activities and teams were so well organized, making for an easy transition from one station to another.” – Lee Slopka, Bright Vision Education Group

Tech Meets

Tech Meets are events where we all chip in to have a get-together for area drone enthusiasts. We discuss, learn, build, repair, fly & share information & ideas.   It’s a less formal event for new friends to learn more about us & old friends to catch up & work on their drones with the help of their peers.   No real agenda – totally dictated by who shows up & what we all feel like accomplishing.   Some have morphed into discussion & planning nights, others have become strictly flying events, & others become total build nights.  We’re flexible!  Tech meets offer follow-up opportunities with our mentors as well as a starting point for those wishing to get started.  Admission donations are collected to cover our basic venue costs.   Looking to host a Tech Meet?  We’d be happy to have one at your location!

MultiGP Drone Racing Events


  • Fast-paced, exciting, STEM-filled race days entice interest in drone technology & provide access to the World of drone racing!
  • We use our events to entice interest & promote STEM with our interactive exhibits & roving mentors.
  • Races also give our volunteers an opportunity to fly competitively while sharing their passion for drones.

Sound Interesting to You? 

  • Program costs vary based on location (distance we need to travel), number of participants & equipment required
  • Contact us to discuss how our programs can fit in your budget!
  • See our Events Calendar for our open-enrollment programs
  • Don’t see a session listed?  Contact us – we set up programs based on demand!
  • We typically plan 2-4 months in advance!  Contact us early to insure our availability!


Sponsorship Information   – funding pays for demonstration equipment, repairs & upkeep.

We appreciate every contribution, every minute of volunteerism & every kind word of encouragement!  It keeps us motivated to do more!