Updated: Apr 14, 2022 @ 9:20 am

This Challenge is currently on pause for the 2021-2022 Season.   Contact us ASAP with your interest in a reboot.  It takes a year in advance to plan this large-scale program!   Previous team registration fees will be honored for the 17 teams originally scheduled for April 2020.   CNYDrones@gmail.com

We are grateful to the following sponsors who helped us make the necessary purchases of equipment for this program:

  • Rotary Club, Rome NY
  • A&P Master Images
  • AIS

The Story

  • A local farm needs your drone team’s help!
  • A recent drought followed by a major storm has taken a toll on crops
  • Dairy cattle have scattered
  • A farmer is missing and may be stuck in a silo!
  • Is your drone team up for the task?


  • Develop a Safety Plan
  • Navigate at low altitude through farm obstacles
  • Map property & field damage – stitching photos together
  • Search the inside of a barn & silo
  • Retrieve a soil sample
  • Locate & identify missing livestock
  • Locate & move hay bales to feed livestock
  • Activate irrigation system lever to water fields
  • Inspect & restart wind turbines
  • Restart a farm windmill
  • Prevent a UFO from kidnapping livestock
  • Return to a moving tractor-pulled platform

FARM-i-GEDDON focuses on key elements simulating real-world situations & was created using the framework for Next Generation Science Standards. Our 3rd annual challenge was developed by a volunteer committee made up of drone industry professionals, educators, college students & drone enthusiasts.

Team Specs

  • Middle/High School (age 12 – 18)  We’ve postponed adding a collegiate division until 2022-2023.
  • Team Pilot(s) MUST be AMA Members at registration (Age 12-18 = FREE!)
  • Teams of 2 to 5 on-field Crew Members – or 6 following new 2nddrone guidelines
  • NEW 2nd Tiny Whoop class drone option! (contact us for details!)
  • At least 1 adult mentor required at competition for Middle/High School level
  • Utica competition limited to 12 total teams

Drone Specs

Revised Main Competition Drone & Tiny Whoop class specs will be posted on our Team Drone Challenge Resources Page.  If you need to order early and have any questions- contact us!   We’re here to help!  Want an improvement implemented?  We’d appreciate feedback!  Micro drone specs will insure that the smaller counterpart drone can easily maneuver in the FARM-i-GEDDON barn & silo.  Tint Whoop class drone use will be optional and only needed for a single tight-space mission.

  • Start a team & compete for less than $1,000 – ask us how!
  • Registration Info (link paused)
  • Questions?  We’re here for you!

Northeast Competition Day  – to be scheduled

We’ll be working to bring FARM-i-GEDDON back to SUNY Polytechnic Institute in hopes of having our annual event hosted once again by SUNY AMA UMASC, SUNY Fabrication Club, SUNY 3D Printing & Design Club & SUNY Baja Club.

Team Support

  • Tech Meets will be scheduled to reconnect with teams
  • Mentors will be available via phone, email or during scheduled hangouts for questions