4-H UAV/Drone Contest

registration now open

Registration is open for the first-annual 4-H UAV/Drone contest! Youth in two divisions, Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12), will compete to find out who has “The Right Stuff.” 

Please follow this link to sign-up.

Contact Bill Decker, Madison County 4-H Educator, with any questions: wdecker@purdue.edu

May 4, 2024, 12:00 PM

Madison County 4-H Fairgrounds, Alexandria, IN

Contest Specifics

The competition will consist of three challenge areas using the standard “Tello” uav/drone:

Challenge #1: 

Participants will be timed as they are given 3 chances to fly through a fixed obstacle course.  If they do not complete the obstacle course in three tries, they will not receive any points for the flights.  Up to 10 points will be awarded by placing position.   

Challenge #2:

4-H members will take a 10-question quiz (grades 6-8) based on the FAA “Trust” test.  Students in grades 9-12 will take a 20-question test based on the FAA Part 107 commercial UAV test and the “Trust” test.  Points will be awarded according to the correct number of questions answered. 

Challenge #3:

Students will be given a minimum of 30 minutes (maximum of 45) to program a drone (using the app “Drone Blocks”) to accomplish 10 specific tasks.  While flying the mission will be attempted, grading will strictly be based on the “written” program; not the flight.  Grading will be based on whether each command should have resulted in objective fulfillment.    If the program should have performed correctly until step 6; but then it was incorrect at that point, the participant will receive 5 points (one for each objective that was correctly programmed).  4-Hers cannot receive additional points past the initial point of failure.

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All 4-H members will receive 4 “extra-credit” points for presenting a copy of their free FAA “TRUST” certificate at check-in (on the day of competition).  In the case of a tie, a timed obstacle flight will serve as the tiebreaker.

After members sign-up for the event, they will be placed on an email chain, providing information on free programming applications, the free TRUST test, and other free competition resources along with specifics on programming and flight expectations.