Updated: May 28, 2019 @ 8:20 am

The 2019 competition was held on April 7, 2019 in SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Wildcat Field House.  Take a look at a time-lapse video of our set-up! (Thank you Aaron Diskin!)

FOREST FURY Team Drone Challenge – photo & video clip collage on our YouTube Channel

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

Check out the photos & video clips on the CNY Drones Facebook page thanks to Aaron Diskin, Kevin from SUNY & by Black River Photography

2019 Registered Teams!

Carthage, Cazenovia, Cortland, East Syracuse-Minoa, Engineering & Science University Magnet School of West Haven, CT, Hannibal, NYPD Explorers, Oneida, Syracuse, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill & Stockbridge

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 attempted the following:

  • 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


Check out the photos & video clips on the CNY Drones Facebook page & by Black River Photography.

1st Place Champion – East Syracuse Minoa Team #1

2nd Place Champion – Oneida City Schools #1

3rd Place Champion – Cazenovia Tech Labs #2

Design Innovator Award – Carthage High School

SUNY 3D Printing & Design Club Award – Cazenovia Tech Labs #2

SUNY Fabrication Club Award  – East Syracuse Minoa Team #1

Judge’s Award – Engineering Science University Magnet School

Congrats to the award winners & thank you to all the teams, coaches, volunteers, exhibitors & spectators for making the day so special!


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


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