Updated: Feb 5, 2019 @ 8:30 am

The 2019 season’s competition is set for April 7, 2019 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute for up to 16 teams using two 30’x60′ fields!    We plan on growing competition sites through participating teams who are willing to invest in our program & the needed field equipment to run events.   A host package is being developed to facilitate the growth of future competitions & scrimmages.  Interested in growing our Challenge in your area?  Contact us!

FOREST FURY Intro (Powerpoint Presentation 10-26-18)

Welcome Teams!

Carthage, Cazenovia, Cortland, East Syracuse-Minoa, Eng & Sci UMS of West Haven, CT, Hannibal, NYPD Explorers, Oneida, Syracuse, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill & Stockbridge  – we’re happy to have you on board!

Our program targets middle & high school aged students.  We encourage college groups to contact us as interest develops for a second college level event.  For now, we remain an OPEN competition for any group with participants age 11+.


Check out this Build Video by Lead Mentor, Paul Brown


A wildfire is burning out of control.

Isolated firefighters are running short on vital supplies.

A potential mudslide puts hikers in harm’s way.

Will your drone team be prepared to help? 

Forest Fury drone teams can attempt to:

  • Navigate at low altitude through forest trail checkpoints & obstacles
  • Deliver fire suppressants to hot spots using thermal imaging
  • Deliver supplies to firefighters using a locational beacon
  • Land on and take off from unsteady mountain surfaces
  • Activate a zip line delivering a forest ranger from a fire tower to a safe zone
  • Map a hiking trail
  • Rescue hikers from an eminent mud slide (time released element)
  • Return to a moving rescue vehicle


2018 Rig Rescue Team Drone Challenge – see what you missed in April 2018!

The STEM competition allowed me to present an authentic challenge to my students.  They had to work together both before the competition in the design and building and during the competition to overcome an array of challenges.  The students had a blast and have been thinking about next year since the competition ended.”

  – Ed Levine, Syracuse City School District


Contact us!  We’ll help you get started and connect you with other team coaches.

We’d be happy to arrange a Google Hangout with your group to help you get started.  We’ll be holding hangouts and live-streams to support teams in preparation for the April 7th competition at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

YouTube Livestream #1: January 7, 2019, 6:30pm

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