The Program

Initiated by The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) through a STEM-for-All grant from the Office of Naval Research, the quadcopter initiative is designed to address the educational components and theories of UAS operations and flight, specifically quadcopters. The program is open to all high school students / teams interested in learning about quadcopters and developing skills associated with the building and flight of these systems.

SKILLS EXPO!  Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time:      10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; doors open at 9:15 a.m. for teams to prep
Location:  Chopticon High School Auditorium
Lunch:    12-12:30 p.m.    pizza / cookies/  water

The Quadcopter Skills Expo will be an opportunity for all quadcopter teams to “show-off” what they have learned over the year.  Each team will present their challenge to the other quadcopter teams and include such information as challenge logbook information including timelines, successes, failures, learning experiences, and then a detailed explanation of the skill challenge, its expected outcome, and its uses in real-life.  Lastly, the team will demonstrate their skill challenge.

View Evaluation Rubric In addition to individual team meetings scheduled by team coaches, participating teams will attend three group training sessions designed to provide an overview of the following areas:

Session 1:

  • Flight Safety (ground and in the air)
  • Quadcopter Basics (components, assembly, and equipment awareness)
  • Understanding Flight Charts
  • Familiarity of Foundational Meteorology (understanding charts, impact of weather, preventative maneuvers for aviation safety)
  • Basics of Flight

Session 2:

  • Physics of Flight (airflow dynamics, friction and resistance, force balance and movement)
  • Basic piloting skills to include reactions to rudder changes
  • Quadcopter maneuverability and mobility restrictions
  • Basic Programming Skills

Session 3:

  • Quadcopter sensors and functionality
  • Payloads and their impacts
  • Advanced Flying Skills instruction
  • Present-day uses of quadcopters in the workforce

Training material and curriculum has been developed by Aviation Systems Engineering Company (ASEC) and will be provided to all teams (free of charge).  Coaches and mentors will use the curriculum as a guide to develop a comprehensive program best suited for their team.  Meeting frequency and duration will be up to the individual teams.

The Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Education Outreach Office will assist teams by providing a Subject Matter Expert to serve as a team mentor.  The mentors are normally certified pilots through the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and offer a tremendous amount of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) experience.

* To avoid conflicts with AMA’s UAS4STEM quadcopter competition, the Skills Expo date will not be finalized until AMA confirms their competition date.  This will ensure that any team wishing to participate in the AMA competition will be able to do so.