Northwest College Hosts Drone Flight Training and Obstacle Course on Feb. 25
Written by Andrew-Rossi on February 13, 2023
Park County residents and drone operators are encouraged to attend or participate in the Wyoming 2023 State STEAM Drone Challenge Championships at Northwest College on Feb. 25.
Drone enthusiasts and those just learning the craft are invited to Northwest College on Saturday, Feb. 25, for the Drone Flight Training & Obstacle Course Racing Program. The program begins at 10 a.m. and is open to K-12, tech, college students, and teachers. Spectators are also welcome.
The event is part of the STEAM Drone Challenge Series – a community of pilots, filmmakers, engineers, and teachers “exploring STEM (and) Arts concepts using unnamed aerial vehicle quad-copter drones.” The group has developed festivals and curriculums to add drones and their related technology into STEAM disciplines in educational settings and beyond.
Registration for participants is just $10 and includes a Wyoming Drone Flight t-shirt while supplies last.
The event is being held in the Yellowstone Building Conference Center and features three events. There is no charge for spectators.
The three events included in the Wyoming 2023 State STEAM Drone Challenge Championships include:
- 10 a.m. – Learn to Fly Flight School
- Noon – Obstacle course racing
- 2 p.m. – Drone film festival
Local drone enthusiasts can submit their own drone films for consideration in the Feb. 25 drone film festival.
Participants can attend some or all three sessions, bring their own drone (less than 300 grams with propeller guards), or borrow one from Northwest College on-site.
The festival is being funded by the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, which sponsors education and research programs in the state in support of NASA missions. They include research fellowships and internships for students at the University of Wyoming and Wyoming community colleges, scholarship programs for community college students in STEM majors, grants for college and university faculty, and educational resources and programs for Wyoming K-12 students and teachers.
Pre-registration at drone-challenges.org is preferred.