MARCY — Participants from Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Oneida will be among 17 middle- and high school teams competing in the 2019 Forest Fury Team Drone Challenge on April 7 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, announced the CNY Drones organization.
The event, from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. that day at SUNY Poly’s Wildcat Field House, will involve teams navigating drones through a forest-themed setting, competing in two separate 30-by-60-foot netted fields. The public is invited to view the competition. The field themes will include a hiking path, forest ranger tower, zip line, water retention pond, fire lines, mountain-like terrain, moving rescue vehicles and a timed mudslide, said CNY Drones. The VVS and Oneida teams will be joined at the event by middle- and high school teams from Carthage, Cazenovia, Cortland, East Syracuse-Minoa, Hannibal, Syracuse, Stockbridge, New York City’s Explorer program and West Haven, Conn.
Forest Fury is part of CNY Drones’ efforts to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The organization is affiliated with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). The Forest Fury event will be hosted and run by students from the SUNY Poly AMA University Model Aviation Student Club, Fabrication Club, and 3D Printing & Design Club.
The day’s logistics for over 150 students will be planned by a spring semester mechanical engineering class at SUNY, said CNY Drones.