Fly. Repair. Compete. Build.

That's the GoDroneX approach.

First Person View (FPV) is where the fun starts. These drones are not autonomous.  They require stick time.Our approach engages students first with hands-on skill based flying.  

 

What happens next?

The drone breaks and it's repair time just like in our Drone Clan Wars competition. As flying skills develop so will their need for more challenging drones. Now it's time to start the ground up drone build. 

We get there eventually but the process is more engaging . . . and fun.

 
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Students enjoyed the challenge of planning ahead, problem-solving, repairing drones, and of course flying through challenging obstacles. I would highly recommend this experience for any upper elementary, middle or high school.

Julie Nelson
Westgate Elementary

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The GoDroneX program removed all the fear of starting a drone robotics program. All the research was done, the correct equipment is all spelled out and his training is really geared to get the extreme novice up and flying quickly!

Nick Iodice
Quest Academy

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Competition is always a motivator for kids, not just for the racing aspect but also for course design, students are already thinking of what they can do to make next year’s course even better.

Chip Fink
New Trier High School

Jump Start

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 $2,600

Buy your own or build your own. It doesn't matter. We have put together a student club kit that will last you for the year including parts. Subsequent years takes minimal money to maintain the program.

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(1) Build Pack assemble a drone and program flight with Scratch

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(4) Starter Packs equipment for 2 teams plus enough spare parts for a year

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(2) Drone Camps 4 hours each at your school for instructors and students

Full Equipment List

(1)   STEM classroom build kit with integration to Scratch (not FPV)
(4)   7mm Bind N Fly quadcopters (On Screen Display & Frsky Receiver)
(4)   Transmitters
(4)   Micro 5.8G FPV goggles
(4)   1S 6-port chargers and adapters
(4)   Hard shell carry cases
(8)   Spare frames
(16) 260mAh HV Lipo batteries
(16) Spare motors
Extra Props

Training Materials

Curriculum Achievement Chart
Skills Matrix

Our retail partner
Good Venture Drones
will process your order.

Competition

DRONE CLAN WARS

The year is 2099.

The evil Emperium X gained control of the gallaxy.

But the Federation is determined to take back control. They have organized Warrior Clans to pilot small but highly effective drones to take back what is rightfully theirs.

Can these bold Warriors take down the Emperium X's 5 bosses?

Can they keep the drones damage free?

There's a whole lot of STEMing going on.

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XPONENT CHALLENGE

Reports to the Federation say the evil EmperiumXhas attacked planet Anterees. Sadly, our current warp drive energy system will not get us there in time. If we only had a portal that could transcend time and space to save Anterees!

Your challenge is to build a Hyper Space.

It's up to you Warriors. Antrees need your brainpower!

Minimum Requirements

Portal(s) openings must be at least 6 square feet.

Two levels

  • Grades K - 8 (elementary & middle school)
  • Grades 9 - 12 (high school)

Main Criteria

Look like a hyperspace portal.
High visibility with FPV.
Easy to setup and take down.
Portable and store compactly.

Bonus Criteria

Programming
LEDs, motors, sounds, sensors
Scene complexity
Multiple scenes
Change scene parameters
User interface
Durability
Flexibilty
Ease of use in competition

Q & A

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Contact greggnovosad@yahoo.com 
regarding Jump Start
and Drone Clan Wars.


Q1: What's a typical budget?

First Year: $3,000
First Year: Equipment Only: $1,200 (4 drones, monitors, chargers, batteries and spare parts for one year )
Second Year: $200 (new batteries & replenish spare parts) to $1,000 (upgrade to Varsity Drones and robotic supplies for Xponent Challenge)
Click here to order Jump Start.

 

Q2: Do we have to buy the equipment from your retail partner?

You can purchase the equipment from anyone. 

 

Q3: Do competitions have entry fees?

Competition vary from free to a nominal charge to cover trophies and misc.  You bring your own lunch. We try to finish by 1 pm.

 

Q4: How is the competition funded?

What's left of the Jump Start fees after school equipment purchases go back into the program to pay for the Championship course maintenance. Plus a lot of volunteer time. The program was designed to be low cost and high fun.

 

Q05: Is this a classroom style program or an after school club?

After school drone club over one semester (15 contact hours) plus 3 competitions (4 hours each).

 

Q6: Is there programming?

Our Championship has two scoring categories:

  • Flying Skills (Drone Clan Wars)
  • Obstacle Build (Xponent Challenge)  

The Xponent Challenge involves design, programming, wiring and fabrication of course obstacles.

 

Q7: Can we 3D print anything?

Yes. The Xponent Challenge allows ample opportunity for creative designs.

 

Q08: Do we build our own drones?

It's optional. Most schools leave that to their second year of competition. But repairing drones is on-going.

 

Q09: What do materials cost for an Xponent Challenge obstacle?

All parts if purchased new would be under $70.

 

Q10: How much time is needed after school?

The standard is 1 hour for 15 weeks.

 

Q11: Is there a cap on club size?

No more than 15. We can fly 4 FPV drones at the same time. Anymore and our analog video reception suffers. The goal is 4 flights per student per session. Most schools use a 8:1 teacher to student ratio. Two teachers is recommended for the first year especially with Middle schoolers.

 

Q12: What is the lowest grade level?

We have 5th graders who competed at the Junior Varsity level after just 5 club meetings. Your success will be determined on

  • Did you run our Jump Start program
  • How many flights the students get
  • How structured are your club meetings

 

Q13: How long does it take a student to be proficient?

A: 30 flights for the basics (Junior Varsity) and 50 flights to be competitive (Varsity).

 

Q14: I don’t have any of the sophisticated obstacles. How do I practice?

Everything can be used as an obstacle. Most schools don't build anything special. They use what's around them: chairs, tables, gym mats, etc.

 

Q15: I see the students are in the middle of the course during races. Is this safe?

The main competition drone weighs the same as a  two tablespoons of butter (2 ounces). The heaviest drone (advanced, Varsity)  weighs the same as a stick of butter. Dodgeball is dangerous. The GoDroneX STEM program is not.

 

Q16: Can different teams share equipment?

Absolutely! In fact, this is a HUGE advantage over typical Robot competitions.