Airgineers is a new STEM drone Challenge for secondary school age students which will take place across the UK in 2018.
The objective of the Challenge is for students to fly drones they have designed and built themselves against other teams, in two different drone classes – Micro and 3S. The drones in the Micro class are smaller and designed for use indoors, while the 3S drone is a high-speed, high performance racing UAV built for high speed flying against other drones outdoors.
Teams in the Micro class will compete in team games, individual challenges and time trials. The 3S class uses larger and faster racing drones than the Micro class and is all about speed - pilots must navigate through a course of gates in the fastest possible time. Of course, a drone wouldn't be a drone if you couldn't see all the action for yourself - and building an FPV (First Person View) camera mounted on the drone is part of the build.
All the kits and parts required to build and maintain the drones in each class are available from Rapid, along with the equipment to fly them – including transmitters, receivers, batteries and chargers. The drones can be ordered pre-assembled or as kits. Students taking part in Airgineers are encouraged to buy the unassembled kit versions, to help with running repairs in the event of their drones crashing.
Rapid would also like to hear from schools interested in hosting an Airgineers event in the spring and summer of 2018.
To register your interest, and for more information, videos and to download full rules, CAD templates and resources, visit the Airgineers website: www.airgineers.co.uk