“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


As an AMA MASC, we offer a number of programs using AMA Members & FAA Certified Drone Pilots with a wealth of experience.   Our events and staff are AMA insured. 


 

We are now the AMA Region II Affiliate for U.S. Drone Soccer, covering New York & New Jersey.  This fast-growing, action-packed STEM-sport is just what we need to get students back in the tech game!    More Info

 

 

 


This program is currently on pause.   We will resume when interest dictates.  This program fully themed program for teams of 5-7 students ran successfully for 3 seasons. The last season had  17 teams from NY & CT poised to participate in April 2020 just prior to the pandemic shutdown of on-campus programs.   Seasons included a Fall Kick-Off and monthly Tech Meets for middle & high school students (age 12+).   Graciously hosted by our sister organization, the SUNY AMA UMASC 15104 in cooperation with other great student clubs from SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Utica Campus.  

 


(2-4 hours, age 12+) Tech Meets have traditionally been events where we all chip in to have a get-together for area drone enthusiasts to exchange ideas.   Tech Meets can include indoor test flights,  flying instruction (when pre-arranged), & US Drone Soccer league play & practice.   Meets offer follow-up opportunities with our mentors as well as a starting point for those wishing to get started.   

 


(2 hours, age 12+) Introductory Flying Sessions –  an indoor program using our FPV goggles, controller & Tiny Whoop class drone.  Groups of 4 to 12 receive 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.   Attendees are provided connection to our mentors for further questions as well as information on safety, purchasing drones, our other programs as well as other area educational opportunities.  More Info


 

(6 hours, age 12+) For those who are serious about getting started with drones!  Learn the basics of building & repair of small indoor drones.  Participants go home with a complete flying kit that can easily be expanded.  Knowledge can be grown into racing, freestyle – AND U.S. Drone Soccer!   

We supply more than just a program.  We give access to our continually updated participant resource folder & mentors for follow-up questions that always arise after programs are completed.   Working with groups of 4 to 12, we provide guided drone assembly & flying instruction.  Due to ordering & pre-program kit prep requirements, the enrollment cut-off for any build workshop is typically 1 month in advance.  With current supply-chain issues, ordering may take longer.  Our pre-program inspection & prep reduces day of event issues with equipment that are typical when using electronics, motors & batteries shipped from overseas.  More Info


 (1-2 hours) Inject drones into your summer or school break program!  Two of our mentor/recreational pilots will share drone history, safety, a variety of drones for recreational & professional use & give ride-alongs to participants using FPV – First Person View goggles and large screen viewing for the less adventurous.  Our intro/demo programs are priced to cover expenses.  Presentation depends on program length, group size & ages (12+ targeted), equipment requirements & location/travel.   Let us know what you’d like for your group!

 


(3 hrs)

(~2-4 hrs, age 12+)  Contact Us about creating a tailored program to meet your needs with multiple interactive stations & challenges.   Program length, equipment, venue, group size, mentors required & travel determines our cost.  Let us know what you envision and we can plug the numbers into our cost worksheet.

  • Flight Simulator Training & Competition Zone
  • LOS & FPV Learning Zone
  • Safety Quiz Zone
  • Drag Race & Obstacle Course Zones
  • Tiny Hovercraft Soccer Match Zone
  • Mini-Copter Creation & Competition 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


  

We provide interactive exhibits on behalf of our sponsors as annual funding & scheduling permits.  For exhibits not covered by our current budget or events requiring travel, extensive use of equipment, &/or lengthy set-up & tear-down, we request a stipend to cover our basic costs.  We receive dozens of requests each year & try our best to accommodate those in line with our mission.


 &  Professional Learning Community

Our information hub is maintained by volunteers who believe in the need to provide STEM opportunities & connections for students & adults.  Assistance is centered in Central New York State.  We provide support to the recreational drone community, including information on how to get started with drones & how to operate as a safe pilot!  Our PLC has now moved to Discord.  It provides educators with the opportunity to learn and share ideas, tips & curriculum.


  • We partner with area 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!

We customize modules!

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

  + NEW!!! tiny hovercraft soccer

  + drone & battery safety

  + scaling up primer –  building larger scale drones

  + mapping

  + 3D modeling drone parts

Sound Interesting to You? 

  • Program costs vary based on space, location, number of participants & equipment required
  • Contact us to discuss how our programs can fit in your budget!
  • Don’t see a session listed?  Contact us – we set up programs based on demand!
  • We typically plan 2-4 months in advance

Sponsor Us   

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!

CNYDrones@gmail.com

315-732-1001

 

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