Student teams compete in Forest Fury Team Drone Challenge


MARCY — An East Syracuse-Minoa school team took first place while an Oneida school team was second during the 2019 Forest Fury Team Drone Challenge on Sunday at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, said the CNY Drones organization.

Overall, 10 drone teams from New York state and Connecticut competed in the event which was for middle- and high school teams.

Held in SUNY Poly’s Wildcat Field House, the competition including navigating drones through a forest-fire-themed setting on two 30-by-60-foot fields.

Among other teams earning awards: Cazenovia Tech Labs #2, the third-place trophy and the SUNY 3D Printing & Design Club’s Award; Carthage High School, the Design Innovator Award; the Mountain Goats team from the Engineering Science University Magnet School in West Haven, Conn., a special Judge’s Award.

In addition to the drone-flying event, spectators took part in interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) exhibits including a test flight zone, flight simulator zone, and an Experience FPV (First Person View) zone.

The event was hosted by SUNY Poly’s Academy of Model Aeronautics University Model Aviation Student Club, running it in collaboration with the SUNY Fabrication Club, the Baja Club and the 3D Printing & Design Club plus CNY Drones volunteers.

Also noted at the event was the theme for the 2020 Team Drone Challenge: Farm-i-Geddon, an agriculture-themed scenario that will challenge drone pilots to assist a farming co-op after a recent storm.


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