Summer Drone Academy

Drone Academy 

  • This summer program is designed alongside Stefanie Tellex ( Brown University), Amazon Robotics and Duckietown in order to teach students the basics of robotics through creation of their own quadcopter drone.
  • This collaboration began in 2019 with our first pilot program run at the Dearborn STEM academy.  See details in this blog post.  As the curriculum became more refined, we ran another program in 2020 – details here.   In 2022 we hosted students and faculty from Hampton University along with Brown University to build and test curriculum and build the drone hardware that has been developed into a user kit.

Primary Contributors:

Program Units


Students learn about the electronic components of the drone, flight mechanics and electrical assembly skills before soldering together their very own drone.


In the world of robotics, learning to navigate a computer through a terminal is a crucial skill. Before the drones take flight students must interface with the onboard computer to calibrate their drone – all through a Linux terminal.


The most rewarding part of the entire program is watching these drones go from a box of parts to a fully functioning drone. The last day is spent with drones in the air.

drone academy FAQs

How do I sign up?

Currently we are working directly with community partners while the program and hardware is refined.


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