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Drones: Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Aeronautical Engineering Engineering Design Challenge


Over the course of a week, your young engineers will be taking on the Drone Challenge.

Engineers will work in teams of 4-5 to apply the Engineering Design Process (EDP) and the scientific concepts related to simple machines, force, energy and motion. Below you will find your week-at-a-glance, a materials list, and some background information that will help you prepare for the challenge topic area. Also included is a copy of the challenge letter as well as the end of week challenge expectations.

Student Challenge Letter: Dear Young Engineers,
Drone Flight Incorporated, a leader in the development of advanced technologies and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has invited the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to produce quality unmanned aerial vehicles or Drones. FEMA and Drone Flight Incorporated wants NSBE to develop Drones that can navigate through disastrous environments to help people. These Drones will be used to supply essential supplies to people in hard to reach areas and will be able to conduct search and rescue operations. NSBE has contracted several aeronautical engineering teams to develop high performing Drones that are both innovative and durable.

To ensure that NSBE develops high performing Drones, NSBE will host a Drone competition at the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program.

The aeronautical engineering team that can present the best performing model in the following categories and meets minimum performance expectations will win a chance to represent NSBE.

On behalf of the National Society of Black Engineers, we wish you the best of Luck! End of Week Challenge Activities

There are five competition categories that your teams will compete in: Engineering Content Presentation, Artistic Design Presentation, and Race Challenge 1, Race Challenge 2, and Race Challenge 3.

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Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM
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Target Setting(s)
Elementary school (K-5)
Target Participant(s)
Youth / students
Girls (or women)
Black/African American participants
Hispanic/Latino participants
Students eligible for free lunch or reduced-price lunch
Mathematical sciences
Physics and astronomy