CNY Drones Indoor Team Drone Challenge: Rig Rescue!

We are pleased that so many great volunteers & organizations came together to help make our exciting STEM program a reality!

On April 21, 2018 we held RIG RESCUE – our first Team Drone Challenge at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.  Hosted by the SUNY AMA University Model Aviation Student Club, the 6-team, multi-state event gave students the opportunity to test and share their accomplishments in drone building, mission planning & flying.

Inaugural Competition:  Sunday, April 15, 2018

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Campus Center Gym

  • Challenge Champion 1st Place:  RoboSpartans – a SUNY Poly / MVCC student collaboration
  • Challenge Champion 2nd Place:  Syracuse City Schools
  • Challenge Champion 3rd Place:  Oneida City School District
  • Design Innovator:  Syracuse City Schools
  • Design Creativity:  Team RoboSpartans

Video Collage

Event Facebook Photo Album

2018 Competition Teams:  

  • Engineering & Science University Magnet School ATOMS, New Haven CT
  • Oneida City School
  • RoboSpartans, SUNY Poly / MVCC engineering students
  • Syracuse City Schools
  • Team Taber, family team, New Hartford NY
  • Vernon Verona Sherrill School District

Hosted by the SUNY Polytechnic Institute AMA University Model Aviation Student Club

Challenge Overview  

CNY Drones Challenge missions were created keeping in mind the eight practices of science and engineering identified by the Framework for K-12 Science Education, a blueprint for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The eight practices of science and engineering that the Framework identifies as essential for all students to learn and describes in detail are listed below:

  • Asking questions (for science) & defining problems (for engineering)
  • Developing & using models
  • Planning & carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing & interpreting data
  • Using mathematics & computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations (for science) & designing solutions (for engineering)
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, & communicating information”


The Rig Rescue Story

A malfunction has led to a fire on an off-shore oil platform.  Your rescue team has been dispatched to navigate through stormy, shark infested waters to help secure the facility and retrieve platform workers.  Using the latest drone technology your team can attempt to assist in surveying the damage, activating fire suppression systems that have not previously been triggered, retrieve critical proprietary information stored on the platform’s computer drive, secure a free-swinging crane, and rescue workers.

Rig Rescue drone teams can attempt to:

  • Navigate an air corridor and obstacles
  • Assess the situation & take photos of key issues
  • Activate a fire suppression system
  • Land on the oil rig platform in 1 of 2 locations
  • Retrieve a hard drive within the rig structure
  • Secure a crane
  • Toss out flotation devices to those in the water
  • Rescue survivors in the water
  • Return to a moving rescue ship

The Rig Rescue program is stand-alone, but can be used as a feeder for further competition through the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

Rig Rescue Scholarship

Interested in our event for next year?  We’re giving an event and drone kit scholarship to a rural and inner city team in Oneida or Herkimer County.  Contact us for details.

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