• Darshini Babu Ganesh

Teachers Take Flight - Reston, VA

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

By Kelly Gibson

A Workshop for Modern Educators August 5 - 8, 2019



Living in a global and diverse world brings new challenges that are achieving success through integrated product development teams. In 2013, the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge (wcUAVc) inspired academics and professionals from across the world to solve the global crisis of poaching and trafficking of endangered species. The challenge fostered innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and utilization of unmanned aircraft to assist with counter-poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking. In just a few months the wcUAVc has become the world’s largest and most distributed aircraft research effort. It called on students, hobbyists, academics, and corporations to cooperate in a Design, Build, Fly challenge that emphasizes the integration of sensors, embedded systems, and communications in a robust and high endurance aircraft.


The Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge gave birth to the DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone workshop to encourage students of all ages to participate in innovative and hands-on workshops that teach fundamentals of drone design, fabrication, robotic systems integration, 3D printing, and piloted and autonomous flying techniques with custom-built multicopters. The program’s goal was to deliver workshops that foster interest and excitement for educators and students, with a mission to utilize autonomous drones for conservation, environment, and humanitarian applications.


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