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Quadcopter Challenge

Middle school students will learn about the science of flight by integrating digital fabrication technologies to design and build palm-size quadcopter.

The law defines an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) as "an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft." An unmanned aircraft does not have a human pilot onboard, but instead is controlled from the ground. UAS are most commonly referred to as drones, but also include radio-controlled, fixed-wing aircrafts, helicopters, rotorcraft models, and quadcopters. Students will learn about the science of flight and integrate digital fabrication technologies while designing and building their own palm sized quadcopter.

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Subjects Science, Technology, Engineering

Grade Levels 6-8

Fab Tools CAD, laser cutter, CNC, electronics

Collections Fab Tested, Museum/Science Center, Chevron STEM Awards

Contributors Liz Whitewolf