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2017 Rice Drone Camp Info:

LOCATION:     Rice University

GRADE LEVEL: Current 7th/8th Grade (Spring 2017)

CAMP DATES:     June 12-16

TIME:     9AM-4PM



General Information:

In Aug. 2015, the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) and Trumbull Unmanned hosted the first group of 20 middle school students for a pilot of the inaugural Rice Drone Camp, as featured by Fox News, BP, Drone 360 Magazine, The WB, Oil & Gas Journal, and a variety of print and online publications.  The Rice Drone Camp continues to grow and improve each year, and we look forward to welcoming the 2017 cohort.

Rice Drone Camp feat. in Drone 360 Magazine

Rice Drone Camp feat. in Drone 360 Magazine

The application is now open to current 7th/8th grade students.  During the 2017 Rice Drone Camp, students will explore the engineering and science of drone/UAV/UAS technologies, while also examining the social and cultural implications of technological advances more generally. Due to the generous contributions of our industry partners (BP, Microsoft, and Trumbull Unmanned) the program is 100% FREE to all attendees.  The program will include technical lectures from Rice faculty and professional engineers, project-based learning experiences, and hands-on training in drone operation.

Through sessions with Rice University faculty, professional engineers, Air Force pilots, and content area experts, students will explore such diverse topics as sensor design, aerodynamics, GPS & control systems, and technical troubleshooting. Role‐playing exercises will allow students to examine the ethical and practical dimensions of various uses of drones in society and industry.

Screen-Shot-2016-02-15-at-11.52.26-AMIn addition to technical sessions, professional drone pilots will demonstrate best practices in drone operation and safety.  During “free fly time,” students will gain hands‐on practice piloting small drones, which they will take home after the camp is over.

The camp culminates in a group design and pitch project.  Each day, students divide into small teams to conceptualize, troubleshoot, and outline a drone related project, which they will then pitch in a “Shark Tank” style presentation to a panel of interdisciplinary experts.

In partnership with Microsoft, students will visit the Microsoft Technology Center to explore cutting edge advances in the computer technology that drives the drone and aerial robotics industry.

The core curriculum of the camp, developed by Dr. Cesare Wright (RCEL) and Shelea Majors (Houston ISD), was designed to provide a rigorous, project-based learning experience, while also aligning with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and federal education standards.

For additional information, contact Dr. Cesare Wright, RCEL Lecturer and Leadership & Outreach Specialist.


2017 Rice Drone Camp is TUITION FREE through the sponsorship of our industry partners!!!





2015 Drone Camp Links and Info:

Rice News Story

Rice News Story

BP Video

BP Official Video

CW Story

The CW News Story