Youth development organization 4-H says its 2016 National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is introducing kids to the burgeoning field of drones through a hands-on, interactive design challenge.
According to the event’s host, National 4H-Council, 4-H NYSD is the world’s largest youth-led engineering design challenge, having drawn nearly 100,000 participants in 2015.
This year’s challenge, called Drone Discovery, will teach youth a variety of topics related to unmanned aircraft systems, including flight dynamics, aircraft types, safety and regulations, remote sensing, and flight control.
Designed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, the three-part engineering design challenge will allow youth to experiment with fixed- and rotary-wing designs, remote sensing, and coding for real-world drone applications.
Participants will conduct the experiments at hundreds of local events taking place in all 50 states and in countries around the world. National 4-H Council will host the flagship national event on Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C. Sponsors include HughesNet, Lockheed Martin and U.S. Cellular.
“What’s so exciting about 4-H NYSD is that it’s a hands-on, interactive learning experience that uses cutting-edge topics from the real world to get youth excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),” explains Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of National 4-H Council. “For many kids, this experiential approach to learning ignites an interest in STEM topics that can quickly grow into a passion. Facilitating this progression – from interest to sustained passion – is what 4-H STEM is all about.”