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What’s Next? Tech Trek! A Week-Long Summer STEM Camp for 8th Grade Girls!
Drones, Multi-Copters, & Unmanned Aircraft: The Future of Flight
Twenty-five Hispanic 7th & 8th grade girls from Pioneer and Garrison Middle Schools’ 21st CCLC after school FORWARD initiative participated in a 5 week aviation program focused on the design, creation, and operation of multi-copters (a.k.a. drones). This program ultimately challenged the girls to work in small group teams to complete one of several different tasks: build and fly a multi-level hexacopter (6 propellers), fly a pre-designed quadcopter to designated way-points (i.e. popping balloons), build a quadcopter out of completely new & original materials, and/or fly freestyle. These challenges were demonstrated before a live audience of parents, WWPS staff, and community members. The final results were mixed, but every single girl was successful in defining and pursuing their objective with determination and resiliency. Eager to try again and improve upon their designs and results, the girls are already asking about next year’s club. Congratulations to these students; they are on the forefront of future aviation!