The following are frequently asked questions about the Aerial Drone Competition.
Supported by the REC Foundation, The Aerial Drone Competition offers an exciting educational drone sporting event that focuses on hands-on, student-centered learning.
Teams learn about drones, flight principles, programming, documentation, and communication skills while expanding their understanding and building interest for Drone-related workforce and career opportunities.
For the 2022-2023 Season we are planning the following:
A Drone, controller, a computer for programming, and spare parts (motors, propellers).
For the 2022-2023 Season, there are 2 legal drones. The CoDrone EDU and the Parrot Mambo.
The CoDrone EDU can be ordered from Robolink for $214.99. The Parrot Mambo is hard to find/order at this time (July 2022).
Aerial Drone Competition is a developing program at the REC Foundation and we are growing nationwide. We encourage you to check RobotEvents.com for the latest events. As this season gets underway, new teams and events will continue to be added. Please reach out to the program manager at Drones@roboticseducation.org to discuss your development in your area.
We recommend 3-5 students per team. Each team has one drone.
A school or organization can register multiple teams to accommodate student interest. Each school/organization registers a base number, such as 1234, and each team within that base number has a letter, such as 1234A, 1234B, etc. A base number can support up to 22 teams from a single organization.
Visit RobotEvents.com to register. We offer single and organizational rates:
The first team registered for a base number is $200, additional teams can be added for $150 each, and after 4 teams, additional team registrations are free for that base number.
This can vary program to program based on resources and age of the students. A typical team will practice 2-4 hours per week after school.
The Aerial Drone Competition includes three competitions at one event!
Competitions typically take place on a Saturday and run from approximately 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Some areas also have a league format where teams meet 4-5 times after school over a period of time to compete (typically two months).
Once you are registered with the REC Foundation, the fee to attend a local competition varies by state and region. Typically costs range from $50-100 per team. Championship events will be higher. Please visit RobotEvents.com to determine the cost of events in your region.
The Aerial Drone Competition Championship events will be held between April and June in various parts of the country. Exact dates and times TBD.
Our team is working hard with teams and Event Partners nationwide to create the season. At this time, the plan is for most events to qualify teams to Aerial Drone Competitions Championship events. More details will be released in the fall.
You can purchase field and game elements from Drone Competition Gates.
The field elements (Arch Gates, Keyhole Gates and Landing Pads) will be used from year to year. Each year we will reveal a new game that will include different game elements, therefore new game elements will need to be purchased each year.
Contact the Aerial Drone Program Manager at Drones@roboticseducation.org.