The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), a model aircraft organization, and the University Aviation Association (UAA), a collegiate aviation education group, are launching a joint unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program for college students. The partners say the UAS4STEM Collegiate Challenge will encourage teamwork, competition and success through a STEM-based education platform.
Much like AMA’s program currently available to high schools, the UAS4STEM Collegiate Challenge will provide university student teams access to training, insurance, licensing and equipment for the competition.
“Following the success of UAS4STEM with high school students across the country, it only makes sense to add a collegiate challenge,” says Bill Pritchett, director of education for the AMA. “Our new partnership with UAA will provide the AMA additional insight into the post-secondary world, input on designing the new challenges, and all at a reasonable cost allowing greater participation.”
Teams will be required to complete an online curriculum to ensure that all students have learned about multirotor safety and the National Airspace System. Competitions will be held in spring 2018 at regional flying locations and hosted by AMA’s University Model Aviation Students Clubs. Program registration fees include licenses for each student, a Quadzilla quadcopter kit, all necessary support equipment (except a laptop computer), the online curriculum, an online instructional video series, AMA membership for students, and competition entry fees. More information is available here.