Help CNY Drones grow our low-cost, inclusive STEM-based Team Drone Competition and related events in Utica/Rome, NY!  

We are a volunteer group started in January 2016 with a mission to promote STEM education with the use of low-cost drones and access to local technologists brought to our area by Oneida County’s initiative at Griffiss International Airport.

We help bring together inner-city and rural students with drone technology engineers and enthusiasts to grow interest in STEM fields through drones – supporting our area’s newest employment pipeline and keeping our growing drone community safe.

We seek funding to help cover the costs of growing our community group that intends to provide the following:

  1. establish our annual STEM-based drone competition in a local venue. The competition has been completely developed by volunteers complete with team manual, mission elements and field surround (all previously donated equipment & materials).
  2. cover start-up administrative costs that would provide momentum to promote our competition and related programs leading to a self-sustaining organization
  3. purchase equipment – drones, drone build kits, chargers, batteries, laptop,  presentation supplies so we can:
  • hold regular drone clinics and targeted workshops
  • lend out drone kits to jumpstart inner-city and rural student teams
  • continue to provide demonstrations and programs in an expanded area of 50-100 miles of Utica/Rome, NY
  • help attract and maintain membership for our newly formed Model Aviation Student Club chartered under the Academy of Model Aeronautics
  • develop and promote regular meet-ups to allow seasoned pilots and engineers to mentor students just getting started in the technology

Our intent is to actively seek a local champion to house our equipment and become self-sustaining through the proceeds of our ancillary training programs and local company sponsorships of our annual competition.

To get to there, we are relying on community support to help our ideas take flight!

Please help us grow this needed community organization! Sponsorship Letter & Form

For more information, please contact Lisa & Bob Payne, or leave a message at: 315-732-1001.

CNY Drones @RoboSpartans Robotics exists with gracious support from our fiscal agent, the Griffiss Institute, Rome, NY, a 501(c)3.  Donations are tax-deductible.  Checks can be made out to: The Griffiss Institute with special notation:  for CNY Drones@RoboSpartans Robotics.  The Griffiss Institute mailing address is:  725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, NY 13441.






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