South Carolina Goes Big for Drone Discovery Month

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 14, 2016 No Comments
Categories : Education & Research

With more than 16 registered events, 1,085 participants and 92 volunteers, Drone Discovery will have a strong presence in South Carolina this month, according to an announcement from Clemson, S.C.-based Clemson University.

Youth will conduct the Drone Discovery challenge throughout October at various locations in the state and will learn about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including flight dynamics, aircraft types, safety and regulations, remote sensing, and flight control. Drone Discovery is hosted by youth-development organization 4-H, which, in South Carolina, operates through the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service.

Created by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, a hands-on, three-part engineering design challenge will allow participants to experiment with fixed- and rotary-wing drones, as well as explore remote sensing and coding for real-world UAS applications.

“Drones have a way of captivating young people,” states Ashley Burns, assistant director of 4-H youth development in South Carolina. “They learn important design concepts, problem-solving skills and teamwork – all while having fun.”

In addition to individual events across the state, Drone Discovery will be featured at the 4-H exhibit at the South Carolina State Fair through Oct. 23.

Drone Discovery’s national partners are HughesNet, Lockheed Martin and U.S. Cellular. In addition, DJI is the national sponsor.

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