Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Kids Start Building and Hone Their Flying Skills

Just a quick note to let everyone know that we got our group of 10 kids together this past Saturday to kick off the project.  We went through the project's phases and goals as well as rules for participation.  Talk about a focused bunch!  From there we broke into three groups; 1) practicing flying on the simulator, 2) building the DJI Flamewheel 550 hexarotor, and 3) flying toy helicpters that team members brought from home.

Mounting motors to the legs

Parents facilitated each station.  We put together some guidelines for the stations including instructions and comment cards to faciliate positive intereactions between team members.

ESC's soldered to the base plate. Motors mounted to the legs too.
We wrapped up the day inhaling a pile of homemade cookies (thanks Kerry).  I think all meetings should wrap up that way don't you? 
Next week we plan to finish the hexarotor and start testing.  We'll be in the air with the phase 1 hexarotor soon!

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