KINGSFORD, Mich. (WLUC) - Breitung Township Schools hosted their first annual 'Drone Day.’
Students fly drones, and work together (WLUC Photo)
"It's awakened something in some of the kids that we didn't know was there. We're seeing kids animated and excited about things that you probably wouldn't see anywhere else,” said the Breitung Township Schools STEM/Robotics 21st-century learning coordinator, Amanda Gibbons.
This kickoff event, for drones in education, brought together 90 teams, of 6th and 9th grade students from Kingsford, Iron Mountain and West Iron County schools.
"Honestly its great fun and you can learn a bit by doing it. It really challenges the mind,” said Kingsford 9th grader, Ian Berglund.
During this competition, student fly drones through the gates to get points. There is also a speed round, and a package delivery part.
Some, like Iron Mountain 9th grader, Colin Schnieder, even prepared before the day came.
"We did a lot of practice, we set up hula-hoops in our basement so we got a lot of practice, so I was feeling good,” he said.
Throughout out it all, students are collaborating.
"It teaches you teamwork with your team, so you have to work together to see where you're going and how, it teaches you to pay attention to your surroundings,” said Karolyn Cudnohufsky, a 9th grader from Kingsford.
The entire day is put on by the Robotics Education & Competition, or R.E.C. Foundation, a nonprofit that puts on worldwide competitions.
"I want to see more kids, piloting, learning applying their skills and programming and getting better and you know ramping up their competition so they can make it to the world championship,” said John Gilligan, the R.E.C. Foundation Regional Support Manager.
The students feel the same way.
"I hope it continues, it's a really good program, and I think there's going to be a lot of this in the future for jobs,” said Schnieder.
The future seems to be flying in these schools.
"All I can hope is that our drones, stay together and fly straight enough to keep doing this from year to year, and give these kids something to look forward to,” said Gibbons.