As most students are hitting the books and studying for finals, Dr. Lisa Suarez’s classes were hitting the skies to prepare for their spring final exam. The first two weeks in May, over one-hundred Cleveland Municipal School District students who were enrolled in Tri-C’s EET2530 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle came down to the YTA’s Robotic Bay (Metro Campus) to fly a 500mm drone (Wheelbase or motor to motor diagonal size: 500mm. )
During the spring semester, students learned how to build and program the UAVs. Other components of the class include Rules of Flying, FCC policy, Soldering, GPS Way Points and navigation.
Throughout the semester, smaller Hubsan drones
(Drone Size: 10.5 x 10.5 x 2.5 cm) were flown inside the classroom to understand the concept and mechanics of flying. For the students final exam, they were to fly the 500 drone through an obstacle course and land back at home base. Competitions were also held at Benedictine High School in Cleveland, OH, on their football field.
The Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy visited Tri-C’s Metro campus on May 9th and one of their tour stops was the Youth Technology Academy’s Robotics Bay. Over 40 middle schools students were able to view various technologies including drones, (UAVs), Team 120’s FIRST robot, VEX robotics and 3D printing machines. Students were able to participate by catching balls thrown by the robot and driving or controlling the robot to make it move in various directions.
This was the second year the Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy has visited the YTA.
Students and Staff from the Youth Technology Academy were invited to design and host a “Drone Zone” at this year’s Manufacturing and Technology Conference and Expo held at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland in May. Youth Technology Students created an obstacle course where conference attendees could practice flying quad copters and participate in a timed competition. Students were also able to talk with various experts in different industries, broadening their understanding of the various STEM careers that are open to them.
2017 marked the fourth year that YTA participated in Cedar Point’s Physics, Science and Math week. Over 80 students from various Cleveland schools attended the competitions that were held May 15 through May 18 at the park in Sandusky, OH. The competitions were created to best reflect the engineering principles that were covered in the courses taught by YTA in their home schools. Students from our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle course participated in the GPS navigation system after completing a flying competition held at Tri-C the week prior. Students were required to map out a “flight plan” using various GPS way points located around the park to achieve the fastest route. Select students who were enrolled in YTA’s Basic Robotics course were also invited to bring the robots they built and programmed in class to participate in a timed maze competition at the park. YTA is thankful to Cedar Point for inviting us to participate in such a fun and important event!