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Drone competition in Southwest Florida

Posted at 8:27 PM, Mar 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-13 20:27:03-04
 
Talk of flying cars has been going on for years now. While they're still not filling up our skies, drones are. 
 
Students from across Southwest Florida competed in the very first drone challenge put on by FSW Collegiate High School.
 
"It's neat seeing a vision that we had about this time last year really come true. "FSWC Drone Academy Sponsor, Lance Schreiber, said.
 
Each team gets two minutes and twenty two seconds to complete an obstacle course built by students.
 
"Everything from hula hoops up on sticks to tubes they have to fly through," Schreiber, said.
 
Teams made up of Lee and Collier County students were instructed to develop a flight plan on paper and execute it in less than three minutes. 
 
Judges took note of each pilot's accuracy, flight tactics, hang time, and distance as they were flying the drone through the course. 
 
Points were awarded if the drone successfully completed each task. 
 
Students were also competing with hand made gliders. 
 
Skills in science, technology, engineering, and math are testing throughout the competition. 
 
Parents like Robert Flannery say these are skills that need to be taught. 
 
"I think that anybody that's interested should try and establish a team like this at their school," Flannery said. "As a country we need to move forward in the engineering art"
 
May 7th is National Drone Day. FSWC expects to expand to other counties and host a bigger event next year. 
 
Click here for more information or to follow the FSWC Drone Academy.