- In 2016, CNY Drones introduced the concept of providing a low-cost, annually themed, indoor Team Drone Challenge to help spark student interest in New York State’s drone education & employment pipeline!
- We continue to develop what we know is not only needed, but possible!
- Since our initial season, Rig Rescue, we’ve received interest from 4 States & 2 Countries!
- We partner with the SUNY Polytechnic Institute AMA University Model Aviation Student Club #15104 & collaborate with the SUNY Fabrication Club, SUNY 3D Printing & Design Club & SUNY Baja Club to present our growing competition in Utica, NY!
WHY A TEAM DRONE CHALLENGE?
- We chose to create what is not available elsewhere — a truly low cost, high-impact, annually themed, safety-minded, inclusive, indoor, team competition, attractive to inner-city & rural populations!
- Our centerpiece program encourages students to consider the emerging drone technology education & employment options available in New York State as well as other areas experiencing drone technology growth!
- Preceded by years of research & discussions with STEM groups across the US
- A key STEM program success factor was emphasized repeatedly by our Worldwide contacts – recognizable connection to the region’s technology
- Prevalent in other successful STEM-focused competitions, a themed, multi-element format is followed
- Created by a diverse volunteer group of engineers, educators & drone enthusiasts through CNY Drones in the Utica/Rome, NY area, surrounding the NYS Drone Test Corridor
- Designed to be fun, exciting & challenging for teams of all skill levels and financial ability
- Access to mentors via email or phone – or in person at our Tech Meets – most questions answered within 24 hours!
- Mission elements are created keeping in mind the eight practices of science and engineering identified by the Framework for K-12 Science Education, a blueprint for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- Elements are presented on a netted 30’x60′ field to help promote a safe flying environment for participants & spectators
- We follow safety guidelines in line with the Academy of Model Aeronautics
- Missions very from simple to complex to give new teams as much opportunities as more seasoned teams
- Points are scored by successfully completing as many of the task-based missions within a pre-determine timed “flight” of 5 minutes – best flight of 3 is used for scoring
- The points are based on the complexity of the flight missions.
- Mission elements all revolve around real world scenarios with practical skills applications
- Low-cost registration & equipment needed to participate – teams can run a season for less than $600! (+ travel)
- Competition for ages 12+ ! (in line with AMA membership)
- Up to 18 students can gain field experience at a competition – 2 to 6 Flight Crew Members on a field per Flight, with 3 Flights total!
- total team size is not limited – additional students can take part as pit crew support!
- ~30’x60′ netted field supports 12 teams per competition level!
- Indoor competition avoids weather issues!
- Relevant, annually themed components provide real-world scenarios (& some just for fun) that allow teams to research, create, test, strategize & implement solutions!
- STEM-focused elements target knowledge areas & practical skills!
- Tech Meets (in-person & virtual) & personalized mentoring helps new teams get started!
- Networked team coaches for newcomer guidance & shared learning!
- NEW Middle/High School Level & College/Adult Level allows even more networking!
- Not limited to schools! – school teams, after school programs, community groups, home school groups, clubs, family & friends – all are welcome in our OPEN competition!
2018 Rig Rescue Season – SUNY AMA Competition April 15, 2018
2019 Forest Fury Season – SUNY AMA Dual Field Competition April 7, 2019
2020 FARM-i-GEDDON Season – Dual Competition in Utica April 5, 2020
2021 Urban Themed – METRO-MELTDOWN – Competition(s) April 2021
2022 Construction Theme TBA – Competition(s) April 2021
- We welcome new ideas, new mentors, new volunteers and especially – new teams – as we grow from Central New York into other regions!
- All of our mission ideas come from actual situations, team feedback & suggestions we receive during the year!
- We’re happy to connect coaches/teachers to share their drone program experiences!
- Your ideas are important to us! Share your thoughts on how we can improve! Contact us!