The Aerial Drone Competition offers an exciting educational drone sporting event that focuses on hands-on, student-centered learning.
Teams learn about drones, flight principles, programming, documentation and communication skills while expanding their understanding and building interest for Drone-related workforce and career opportunities.
Recommended for students grades 5-12, teams will compete in local and national competitions where students work together to complete four missions.
Drones are piloted by students. Two teams fly together on the same competition field to maximize their score.
Drone is programmed by students to operate entirely autonomously. Each team competes alone to score as many points as possible.
Drone is piloted by students to fly through an obstacle course. Each team competes alone to score as many points as possible.
Teams interview with Judges about their Drone, Programming and Competition Logbook Documentation
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Over 900 teams from 21 states competed the 2022 -2023 season. Mission 2023: Blackout was a huge success. Students from around the country learned flying, coding and communication skills at events around the country. This season will bring more focus on piloting and programming skills as well as more focus on precision flying.