On June 19, 2016, Kashmir World Foundation in partnership with the Business Women's Giving Circle and Glasgow Middle School in Arlington, Virginia celebrated the graduation of students who attended DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone for SuperHERo Girls Workshop. It was flight day, the day that the girls who were in the workshop were able to take their drones that they built from scratch, start to finish, outside and let them soar high through the sky for the first time. Their pride and anticipation for the event filled the air throughout the morning as final touches were made to their drones.
Finally, the time came. The girls gathered in the library as Princess Aliyah, the Executive Director of Kashmir World Foundation gave final words of encouragement and advice before leading the girls outside. Once outside the girls set up their ground stations with Dr. Ronald Pandolfi and his assisting team of interns from Thomas Jefferson High School: Shihao Cao and William Hoganson. The teams set up the drones so they could fly safely with confidence. The girls then took their controllers, armed the drones, and took their first flight. They started off with a few tests to make sure the drones flew properly. They each performed an altitude, pitch, and roll test before landing safely. They rearmed the drones and performed yaw tests. There were technical endeavors, minor setbacks but the girls, with some coaching from the technical team of Dr. Pandolfi, quickly were able to troubleshoot the problems and ascended back towards the sky.
Toward the end of the afternoon, WJLA Channel 7 News stopped by to interview Princess Aliyah and the girls about their experience with a hands-on STEAM program that inspires students of all ages to solve real world challenges through their inventions. The girls were excited about the publicity and eager to be on television. It was a day of high soaring pride and electric thrills of knowledge that will last a lifetime.
This workshop was made possible by the support of the Kashmir World Foundation would like to acknowledge the Business Women's Giving Circle for a grant 2017 to conduct the DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone Workshop for SupeHERo Girl at Glasgow Middles School. We would like to express a deep gratitude to Nicole Weatherholtz, Tanya La Force, Principal Shawn DeRose, Jonida Spahija, Lauren Quigg and Faith Boettger for their support, participation and availability before and during the DaVinci Challenge: acknowledge the Business Women's Giving Circle for a grant 2017 to conduct the DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone Workshop for SupeHERo Girl at Glasgow Middles School.