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2017 Rice Drone Camp Info:

LOCATION:     Rice University

CAMP DATES:     June 5-9

TIME:     9AM-4PM

Application Portal Opens May 1st, 2017

General Information:

In Aug. 2015, the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) and TrumbullUnmanned hosted a 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.

Rice Drone Camp feat. in Drone 360 Magazine

Rice Drone Camp feat. in Drone 360 Magazine

20 students will be selected to participate in the 2017 Rice Drone Camp through a competitive, double-blind application process.

Students will explore the engineering and science of drone technology and UAV systems, while also examining the social and cultural implications of technological advances. The program will include technical lectures from Rice faculty and professional engineers, project-based learning experiences, and hands-on training in drone operation.

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

Important Update:

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

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Camp Details:

Screen-Shot-2016-02-15-at-11.52.26-AMThrough sessions with Rice University faculty, professional engineers, Air Force pilots, and content experts, students will explore such 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 societal, industrial, and military uses of drones.

In addition to technical sessions, professional drone operators will demonstrate best practices in drone operation and safety.  During “free fly time,” students will gain hands‐on practice piloting smaller 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, we will be taking students to 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 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.


2015 Drone Camp Links and Info:

Rice News Story

Rice News Story

BP Video

BP Official Video

CW Story

The CW News Story