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 quickly 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.
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.
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!
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.
New Trier High School
DRONE CLAN WARS
Scholastic Drone Gaming Competition
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.
Teams of two warriors battle the Emperium for 8 minutes taking turn navigating robotic engagements. We use a points based gaming approach where competitors earn credits by orbiting the Emperium X Command. But keep a watchful eye out when the Force Field drops. That means you can take the shortcut. Stategy. Critical thinking. STEAM.
Time for individual warriors to show their stuff and impress the Federation. Who can orbit the complexities of the galaxy the fastest?
Robotic Engagment Competition
Reports to the Federation say the evil EmperiumX has 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 2019 challenge is to build a Hyper Space.
It's up to you Warriors. Antrees need your brainpower!
- Grades K - 8 (elementary & middle school)
- Grades 9 - 12 (high school)
Portals openings must be at least 4 square feet
(576 square inches).
High visibility with FPV.
Easy to setup and take down.
Portable and store compactly.
Programming LEDs, motors, sounds, sensorsScene
Blades : up to 2.0"
Battery: no limit
Weight : up to 60g
(all up weight including batteries)
(does NOT have be fully ducted, partial guards are allowed)
Motors: Brushed or Brushless
As the leader of Imperium X DRAGON X guards the Narrows, a the tight planetary section of the galaxy that leads to Imperium X's command center. If you can't go around him go through him!
IDOM sits at the top of the Air Stairs . His job is to keep you from reaching the sky summit by swirling the clouds. Round and round you go.
The GATE KEEPER controls the Exodus from the Emperium's command central. The portal morphs in size so timing is everything.
The TOLL TAKER is the blacksheep of Imperium X. With no loyalty to anyone, he will let you pass though the Skyway portal maze but at a cost of all your energy. Sorry buddy, no spare change.
The Federation recently detected the Imperium X's secret 4th dimension Time Warp portal overseen by Willow. Adapt the flight path or get swatted like flies.
The Federation Warriors have a trick up their sleeve that Imperium X doesn't know about. Hyperspace catapults the drones through the time / space continuum. You need more power? You got it!
Monitoring the battlefield is a busy job. Who's in the lead? How fast? Any frequency malfunctions? Watch from the pilots view as our Flight Ops broadcast takes you inside the world of Drone Clans Wars.
The Federation treats Warriors like rock stars. The well defined Bays make it easy to spectate. The Flight Ops broadcast marries the virtual and real world together.
The Drone Clan Wars take a heavy toll on the Federation's aircraft. Watch the Warriors work fevorishly as they do repairs for the next battle.
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.
(1) Build Pack assemble a drone and program flight with Scratch
(4) Starter Packs equipment for 2 teams plus enough spare parts for a year
(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) 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
Curriculum Achievement Chart
Our retail partner
Good Venture Drones
will process your order.
Team Competition: “Clan Battles”
Teams of two warriors fly for 8 minutes earning points. Each orbit is worth one point. Warriors complete their last orbit which also counts as 1 point once the battle ends.
No restriction on the number of teams per school. Example: Winston Varsity A, Winston Varsity B, Winston JV A.
Team event results are based on the 3 best battles.
If there is a tie going into the last round, the roster is to be shuffled so tied teams in their respective class go head to head. The winner is who flies the most orbits fastest.
There still can be ties from teams not in the same heat. In this case there is a run off of 4 minutes. Each pilot must fly 40% of the orbits.
Team event points for season scoring use a percentile method. Note this is at the team level and not the school level. Teams compete against all other teams including teams from their own school.
Team members can change from event to event. An improving student can earn their way to say “Winston Varsity A” during the season but the team of “Winston A” is still the same team in terms of season points.
A warrior can be on two teams for a single event provided:
- there is an odd number of competitors from a school
- the double duty warrior can not drop down in class, only up.
- preferably the double duty pilot is from the same level (Varsity or JV).
Season Team Scoring: Count best two regular season points and double Champs points. So half the team’s score is from the regular season and half is from Champs. Team awards / trophies go to whomever is on the team at Champs.
Solo Competition: “Orbit Blaster”
This is a separate solo competition held after Clan Battles.
Usually 25 - 30 minutes.
Four chairs are removed from the flight line leaving 1 chair for each frequency.
It is open seat meaning there is no designated order. First come first serve. Form a line behind each of the 4 warrior stations.
Fly as many orbits within two minutes.
Then the next set of warriors take their seats.
After each heat the official record keeper records the student’s name, best orbit time and course (Varsity or JV).
Scoring is at two levels; JV and Varsity.
Each warrior flies the appropriate course (JV or Varsity). Since this is a separate solo competition a student may compete at a different level than Clan Battles.
Event Director will declare start time and end time. No new heats can be started after the declared end time but warriors currently flying can finish their two minute time allotment.
Event points are percentile based.
Season Solo Scoring: The final season ranking is identical to Clan Battles. Count best two regular season points and double Champs points.
School Competition: “Xponent Challenge”
Robotic Engagements are scored only once during Champs not at regular season events.
Judging is at the school level not team or individual.
Schools can bring their engagements to regular season for real world shake downs.
It is up to the Event Director to determine if the engagement is event worthy. For example, if an engagement were to breakdown during the middle of the round that would create an unfair advantage to others following the breakdown in the same round.
See downloads for Xponent judging form.
At-Large individuals who don’t have a participating school are allowing into competition. Ask the event director to get a teammate for Clan Battles. Pairing should be at the same level (Varsity or JV). For example, a Varsity warrior can not be paired with a JV At-Large.
Warriors who miss the Participant meeting may at the discretion of the Event Director be penalized one round.
Reruns may be granted by the Event Director if there is a video issue NOT caused by the warrior / team.
A warrior who misses any engagement / portal must return back and fly through it if notified by any judge. Failure to due so means no future orbit points are counted until the issue is rectified.
Four minutes is the maximum staging time between battles. The Event Director can override this on a case by case example. Participants are expected to be at the staging area 4 minutes prior to their battle. It is the responsibility of the competitors to stay informed as to what the current heat number is. It is NOT the Event Director or Pit Boss’ responsibility to locate the next team up. However teams arriving late to their round may still participate with the remaining time left in the battle as long as their video is set to the correct channel.
The Event Director is responsible for submitting results to the Regional Coordinator for validation and entry into standings.
Event Director has the final say on anything that happens at the event.
There is no overall / combined winner of the Clan Battles, Orbit Blaster and Xponent Challenge. Each has their own separate competition.
Q & A
regarding Jump Start
and Drone Clan Wars.
Q1: What's a typical budget?
First Year: $3,000 (which includes stipends)
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.
What’s the absolute minimum?
For $400 you can purchase 2 Inductrix FPV Ready-to-fly kits directly from Horizon Hobby ($150 each: FPV drone, transmitter and monitor) and get some extra batteries and a few chargers.
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?
Competitions 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?
The Xponent Challenge involves design, programming, wiring and fabrication of robotic course engagements.
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. GoDroneX brings some of the Championship course materials as well.
Designing courses is part of the STEM activity and incredibly fun for students.
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 4 tablespoons of butter. Dodgeball is dangerous. The GoDroneX STEAM program is not.
Q16: Can different teams share equipment?
Absolutely! In fact, this is a HUGE advantage over typical Robot competitions.
Q17: What is a typical event like?
Course setup on Friday night prior. Events are on Saturday mornings.
7:45 Doors open / Registration / Frequency assignments
8:15 Pilots meeting/ course walk (15 minutes)
8:30 Clan Battles Competition: 4+ Rounds of team (200 minutes or 3 hr 20 minutes)
12:30 Orbit Blaster Competition: Individual (30 minutes)
1:00 Course tear down
2018 SCHOLASTIC CHAMPS @ Quest Academy, Palatine IL USA
Second year in a Row
Out with the old, in with the New. New Trier wins Varsity for the second year in a row. But newcomer Westgate Elementary easily wins the JV battle with 5th graders.
1st ) New Trier, Winnetka IL
2nd) Quest Academy, Palatine IL
1st ) Westgate Elementary, Arlington Hts IL
2nd) At-Large (Westgate / Palatine HS) IL
3rd ) New Trier, Winnetka IL
2017 SCHOLASTIC CHAMPS @ Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago IL USA
GoDroneX ran the worlds first scholastic drone competition perhaps in the world.
28 student Warriors took on the evil Emperium X as teams battled the evil bosses.
Adult competition was held the following day with the first area adult team competition ever.
1st ) New Trier, Winnetka IL
2nd) Marine Leadership, Chicago IL
1st ) Marine Leadership, Chicago IL
2nd) Quest Academy, Palatine IL
3rd ) New Trier, Winnetka IL
4th ) Aptakisic, Buffalo Grove IL
Student Fast Lap
Nicholas Hansen, New Trier
2017 MADISON MAKERS FAIRE @ Madison WI
Let's Light it Up!
Drone Clan Wars visiting the galaxy of Madison for their Makers Faire. Thousands of onlookers witnessed the spectacle of our robotic battlefield. The 40' x 40' cage meant we had to vertical. But hey, that is what drones are for. All the Emperium X's evil bosses were in full rage mode.
Plenty of crowd interaction with drone demos and the NERD version of $10,000 pyramid.
1st ) Mark Jambor & Randy Mack
2nd) Mark Spoerder & Garret Frakes
1st ) Mark Jambor
2nd) Gregg Novosad
3rd ) Garret Frakes