Students explore drones in world’s largest Youth-Led STEM Challenge


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The students discuss how to build their drone.


The kids work together to get their drone ready to fly.


This group is ready to test their drone.


The boys were checking on the camera placed on the bottom of the drone.


Macon County Junior High 6th grade science classes joined approximately a hundred thousand youths across the world in leading the ninth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4- H NYSD) challenge. This year’s challenge, called Drone Discovery, introduces students to the burgeoning field of drones in a hands-on, interactive design challenge.

Sixth graders conducted the Drone Discovery on Monday, October 3, 2016. Drone Discovery taught them a wide variety of topics related to unmanned flight including flight dynamics, aircraft types, safety and regulations, remote sensing and flight control. Designed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, the hands-on, three part engineering design challenge will allow them to experiment with fixed and rotary wing designs, explore the concept of remote sensing and dive into the world of coding for real-world drone applications.

“The Drone Discovery challenge has been a great activity for our 6th graders. The students have enjoyed learning about drones and participating in the hands-on activities. Also, the drone challenge meets several of the 6th grade science state standards” said both Mrs. Wyatt and Mrs. Carter, 6th grade science teachers.

In addition to the event in Lafayette, TN, youths will conduct the challenge at hundreds of local events in all 50 states, and in countries around the world. National 4-H Council hosted the flagship national event, with hundreds of youths participating in the challenge on October 5 in Washington, D.C. The 2016 4-H NYSD national partners are HughesNet®, Lockheed Martin and U.S. Cellular. DJI, the world’s largest maker of consumer drones, is the national sponsor.

The students discuss how to build their drone.
http://maconcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_IMG_4806.copy_.jpgThe students discuss how to build their drone.

The kids work together to get their drone ready to fly.
http://maconcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_IMG_4807.copy_.jpgThe kids work together to get their drone ready to fly.

This group is ready to test their drone.
http://maconcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_IMG_4815.jpgThis group is ready to test their drone.

The boys were checking on the camera placed on the bottom of the drone.
http://maconcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_IMG_4816.copy_.jpgThe boys were checking on the camera placed on the bottom of the drone.

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