RFY Drone Program
The Robotics for Youth Drone Program was founded in 2018. Our mission is to introduce and encourage young students to get experience in the ever-growing drone industry. Our drone program motivates young students to solve real world problems through the use of drones.
Drones will become a very important part of human life in coming years. Drones save lives! Whether they could be delivering medical supplies to rural cities in Africa or guiding first responders through a mountain, they are extremely helpful in completing these tasks with less risk. Drones have also proved to be useful in disaster relief. During the aftermath of hurricanes and earthquakes, drones have been used to assess damage, locate victims, and deliver aid. In addition, drones are a fun route into STEM. STEM is usually associated with robots, but drones are equally important.
We have two programs under RFY Drone Program: Drone Competition and Build-a-Drone.
Co-founder of the Robotics for Youth Drone Program Junior at Chantilly High School
"I felt like there were not many drone and aerospace related programs in my area and I wanted to introduce them to young students, so I founded the RFY Drone Program. I wanted to initiate the importance of drones to young students and encourage them to learn about the drone field,"
Co-founder of the Robotics for Youth Drone Program Freshman at Virginia Tech
"I noticed that while there are competitions involving drones for college students and high schoolers, there are no competitions for younger students that would create interest in drones. The RFY drone competition was built to be a stepping stool for more complex drone competitions by generating an interest in drones at an earlier age,"
Mentor of the Robotics for Youth Drone Program Graduate Student in Robotics
"Building my first drone was quite frustrating. At RYF, I help ease the kids into building their own drones. And in the process, I introduce them to the various sensors/algorithms that it uses,"