April 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Rig Rescue, Central New York’s first low-cost, open STEM-based Team Drone Challenge is set to take off in the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Campus Center Gym on April 15, 2018, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The public is invited to view the free event, take part in interactive STEM exhibits and pick up drone safety information. A test flight zone, flight simulator zone, and an Experience FPV (First Person View) zone will be available for spectators in between team flights. The event is a community project, hosted by the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) University Model Aviation Student Club with the assistance of the CNY Drones Model Student Aviation Club. The STEM event is a day of learning, sharing, competing and networking with local drone enthusiasts, engineers, and educators. Academy of Model Aeronautics and FAA safety information, as well as MultiGP Drone Racing information, will be available.
The competition takes place in a 30-foot by 60-foot netted drone competition arena with teams individually flying rounds using 500mm drones. This year’s challenge theme, Rig Rescue, is based on a story of a malfunctioning off-shore oil platform. Teams will be dispatched to navigate through shark-infested waters to help secure the facility and retrieve platform workers and data. The competition follows the framework for Next Generation Science Standards using 9 challenging elements. Rig Rescue is part of CNY Drones’ efforts to promote STEM, provide awareness of drone technology educational and employment opportunities and build a safe flying recreational drone community.
Those interested in starting a team can attend an informational meeting and practice on March 16 at the Utica Jewish Community Center or download the Rig Rescue Challenge Manual and register at the CNY Drones website: www.CNYDrones.org.