AMA Kicking Off STEM-Based UAS Challenge for Students

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), the host organization for UAS4STEM, has announced the regional locations for its first year of competition, which includes 75 teams at seven locations.

UAS4STEM, designed for students ages 11-19, encourages teamwork, competition and success through a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based education platform. AMA says the program will provide student teams of four to eight people with training, insurance, licensing and equipment to compete in search-and-rescue challenges with unmanned aircraft systems.

The national competition will be held at the International Aeromodeling Center, located in Muncie, Ind., on Aug. 21. Regional competition locations and hosting clubs include as follows:

-Patuxent Aeromodelers RC Club in Hollywood, Md., on April 23-24;
-Pontiac Miniature Aircraft Club in White Lake, Mich., on April 30;
-Silent Electric Flyers in San Diego on May 7;
-Georgia Model Aviators in Ball Ground, Ga., on May 21;
-Valley RC Flyers in Fargo, N.D., on June 4; and
-Wenatchee Red Apple Flyers in Wenatchee, Wash., on July 7.

Each of the teams will be required to complete an online curriculum that includes safety training, programming and building information, and flight training.

The registration period for this year’s challenge has ended, but registration for next year begins June 1, says AMA.

“AMA is thrilled to have 75 teams competing in our UAS4STEM challenge,” comments Bob Brown, president of AMA. “We are blown away by the response we have received in the [inaugural] year and believe this will be a wonderful program that will help us with our mission to provide education through aviation.”


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