GT/STEM Drone Summer Camp – Day 2

Today was Day 2 of the GT/STEM Drone Summer Camp at Ferris Junior High School.

As my G/T Coordinator said I talked too much yesterday, I elected to have my assistant lead the session today.

The goal of today was to perform autonomous programming on the drones in preparation of solving the “Eureka Dilemma”.

Drone Programming Tasks

Students were given blocks of tasks/challenges to complete.

The A-block tasks were somewhat simple and required only straight flights. All teams completed the A-block tasks with the exception of the Orange and Purple drones on task A-4. A reset of the drone and iPads resolved the problem.

The B-block tasks were intermediate level programming which required the drones to fly out to a pre-selected location, land, take-off, and then return to the departure point.

Task B-1 caused problems for all 3 teams as the camera pitch values were invalid and stopped the programs from running. This was resolved by removing the camera instructions.

All teams completed the B-1 task with no problems with the exception of the Purple drone. This drone initiated the RTH (return to home) protocol because the battery level dropped below 5%. Unfortunately, the UAV clipped a tree and somersaulted in the stadium parking lot. The UAV sustained some scratched and dents, but no major damage.

Task B-2 led many students to attempt a dry-run of the Eureka Dilemma. The Purple drone would not accept autonomous programming as it needs a firmware update following the crash. This will be done at the conclusion of the day.

The Orange team attempted a first-draft of the Eureka Dilemma, but drifted into the fence at the baseball field at the departure point and crashed.

The Green team attempted a first-draft of the Eureka Dilemma, ran the length of the West property line, turned 90 degrees to the right, ran along the North property line to the stadium, turned 90 degree to the right, flew South for about 20 feet and then landed, which put it down in the stadium parking lot with no problems.

Many teams also realized they can manually land the drone in the Eureka Dilemma and not need to program the landing.

The C-block tasks were simulated in the lab due to the extreme temperatures outside and the iPads inability to operate in the summer temperatures.

The Purple drone was updated to the latest firmware and was programmed and tested successfully. It is ready for the final day of the camp.

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