How Drone Racing Teaches Suburban Kids About Math and Science.

Gregg Novosad is in his second year offering drone competitions to students who have worked during club meetings to learn to fly through a technology called FPV, or first-person view. The setup allows racers to view a screen or put on a pair of goggles and watch a live video feed from their drone, as if they’re onboard.

Novosad said his league aims to train students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills needed to fix a common problem: broken drones.

“Keeping these drones flying is critical,” said Novosad, whose 16-year-old son, Brett, is involved in racing. “Kids aren’t necessarily good. They break these things … So that’s step 1 of STEM — how do you fix it?”

With kids and drones, he said, the trick is keeping them interested in the science and mechanics of constantly evolving technology; the thrill of flight sells itself.

“The fun of FPV is putting those goggles on,” Novosad said.

“That never gets boring.”

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