Central Michigan University (CMU) recently hosted a group of 20 middle school students for drone camp, covering the practical uses of drones and how to fly and build them.
In addition to flying drones indoors and outdoors, the children built their own small drones over the course of the weeklong camp. Working from kits, they learned about soldering circuit boards and wiring communications between the drone and the remote.
“We hope this opportunity gives these kids another tool to add to their toolbox,” comments Dru Wilson, associate professor of engineering and technology. “Many of them are – for the first time – getting to see the process of building a drone, as well as learning how and why drones are used.”
The June 20-24 camp – the only one of its kind in the mid-Michigan area, says the university – was held by CMU’s Center for Excellence in STEM Education. Julie Cunningham, director of the center, partnered with Wilson and CMU education students from the STEM Education Scholar program.
“It’s great to see kids excited about it,” Wilson adds. “We hope they leave here with that kind of excitement for other topics they come across in science, engineering and technology.”