Middle Schoolers Get Hands-On UAS Experience in Reno


Through a partnership with Aerospace Learning Xperience (ALEX), Reno, Nev.-based unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) company Drone America recently hosted an aerospace day for a sixth grade class from St. Albert the Great Elementary School at ALEX’s facility in Stead, Nev.

The event featured flight simulations, hands-on drone flying with Drone America staff in a flying cage, and one-on-one time with Drone America aerospace engineers and ALEX pilots.

Students were also shown and educated on vintage aircraft by ALEX and the future of drone technologies by Drone America.

“It was fantastic having the opportunity to teach the kids about engineering and drones,” says Alyssa Frampton, mechanical drafting engineer for Drone America. “They were all very enthusiastic and seemed to enjoy learning about real-life applications of math, science and robotics.”

“Getting the kids hands-on time with UAS operations and technology is extremely rewarding, especially when you see the kids get excited when they realize they can build their own future in the world of aerospace as pilots, engineers and innovators,” comments Zack Clark, integration specialist for Drone America. “They have fantastic ideas about the future of flight. I am proud to be part of our community education team.”

In operation since 2011, ALEX was created by the nonprofit Reno Aviation Museum.

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