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17 Drone Teams to Compete in FOREST FURY

VVS High School team members Nate Angell (left) with Eric Suprenant (center) and teacher/coach (Tim McKenna)UTICA, NY - FOREST FURY, the Northeast’s low-cost, indoor Team Drone Challenge is set to take-off in the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Wildcat Field House on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 9:30 am - 6:00 pm. Middle and high school teams from Carthage, Cazenovia, Cortland, East Syracuse-Minoa, Hannibal, Syracuse, Oneida, Stockbridge, Vernon Verona Sherrill join teams from West Haven Connecticut and New York City’s Explorer program to compete in two separate 30' x 60' netted fields. This year’s competition dispatches 17 teams to navigate drones through a forest-themed setting. The fields feature a hiking path, forest ranger tower, zip line, water retention pond, fire lines, mountain-like terrain, moving rescue vehicles and a timed mudslide. FOREST FURY is part of CNY Drones' efforts to promote STEM - science, technology, engineering and math. CNY Drones programs spark interest in regional drone technology educational and employment opportunities and help build a safe flying recreational drone community. CNY Drones affiliated with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in 2017, becoming New York State’s first Model Aviation Student Club. The Utica event his hosted and run by students from the SUNY Polytechnic Institute AMA University Model Aviation Student Club, Fabrication Club, and 3D Printing & Design Club. The day’s logistics for over 150 students will be planned by a Spring semester mechanical engineering class at SUNY. 

The public is invited to view FOREST FURY’s competition day starting with an opening ceremony at 9:30 am. Trophies for the top three scoring teams, creativity, design innovation, and 3D printing, will be awarded at the end of the day at approximately 5:30 pm. A new Safety Video Award Challenge is now open to students and student groups, age 11 - 18 to compete for a trophy based on their creative development of a brief public service announcement spotlighting the need for drone safety. Registration for the Safety Award Challenge is free. Deadline for submissions is noon on March 23, 2019. 

Award Winning Drone "Pylon" at the 2018 Team Drone Challenge competition at SUNY Polytechnic InstituteIn addition to the student competition, several local organizations with ties to drone technology have been invited to exhibit and share information on their role in the regional drone technology education and employment pipeline. The 2019 competition is a day of learning, sharing, competing and networking with local drone enthusiasts, students, engineers, and educators.  

Information on next season’s challenge, FARM-i-GEDDON, will be released in September as a part of CNY Drones’ 4th Annual Drone Info Day.  For more information on the Safety Video Challenge, directions and parking information for FOREST FURY, go to www.CNYDrones.org or contact CNY Drones Administrator, Lisa Payne at 315-732-1001.

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