“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

Watch us as we develop new options that compliment our current programs!  


We are now the AMA Region II Affiliate for US 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 game!    More Info




This program is currently on pause for the 2021-2022 school year.   We will resume when interest dictates.  This program ran successfully for 3 years with 17 teams from NY & CT poised to participate in April 2020.  We were forced to shut down a month before our Championship.  The themed 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 Wildcat Robotics, SUNY 3D Printing & Design Club & other great students from SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Utica Campus!   We appreciate SUNY’s support of our collaborations with student organizations!    


(2-4 hours, age 12+) 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.     Tech Meets can include indoor test flights, Tiny Whoop class flying instruction (when pre-arranged), US Drone Soccer practices and occasional unofficial indoor racing.   Meets offer follow-up opportunities with our mentors as well as a starting point for those wishing to get started.  Donations are collected to cover our basic costs (venue fees where applicable) &/or snacks.  Looking to host a Tech Meet?  Want one closer to you?  We’d be happy to have one at your location or at a site we haven’t considered!  Share your ideas with us! 


(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, participation on our annual Team Drone Challenge – AND U.S. Drone Soccer!   Before going any further —  consider requesting a U.S. Drone Soccer Build Workshop – we can do that too!

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.  Participants from this program have started teams for annual Team Drone Competition & even become mentors for CNY Drones!   Our Build Workshop equipment cost runs from ~$400-$600+/per person depending on the extent of the drone kit requested.  Our workshop can be offered as open enrollment event or for presentation to a specific group.  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.  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 run from $400+ per presentation depending 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!
  • See our Events Calendar for 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
  • Weekend & weeknights 

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!




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