Design your own drone with Airgineers and STEM Learning

Airgineers drone challenge

STEM Learning and Airgineers are working together to bring drones into the design and technology classroom!

Airgineers is a STEM challenge for secondary school-aged students that combines computer aided design (CAD), 3D printing and iterative design to create a student-designed microdrone.

The miniature flying machine has a small camera mounted on it, transmitting a live-on-board video feed to a display in goggles worn by the pilot – making them feel like they are sat in the drone that they are flying!

Airgineers was created by Rapid Education to provide an inspiring project for design and technology departments, that teaches a range of computer aided design and manufacture skills.

Whilst working on the Airgineers project, students will use an iterative design process to discover the flaws in their designs and make improvements as they progress. They will also learn about tolerances and material properties whilst they explore 3D printing as a method of rapid prototyping.

"I’m really excited to be part of the team delivering this CPD. 3D printing is such a valuable resource for Design Technology departments but to get the most out of the machine, it’s important to understand how to create models in CAD software and have a relevant project to apply these skills to." - Chris Calver, Airgineers & Rapid Electronics

Working with STEM Learning, teachers from across the UK now have the opportunity to spend two days learning how to design, manufacture and test their own drone – leaving with the skills needed to safely run this project back in school or college.

As an added bonus, every person that attends the bursary-supported training in York will also receive a free micro drone kit and video feed headset, making it even easier to get started with a drone club straight away!

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