A STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative adopted by Clinton High School has led to the formation of a new program, The Maroon and Gold Flight Team.
(Pictured left to right: Mr. Baldwin, Evan Woods, Ethan Aughenbaugh, Logan Deerwester and Grant Wilson)
The group features around a half-a-dozen students who are mentored by physics teacher Rodger Baldwin and he indicates last year, they were able to invest an initial $2,000 to $3,000 to begin building and programming drones.
Junior at Clinton High Schoo, Evan Woods does a lot of the programming work on the drones and indicates he was able to step in and help the group get things going in the direction they wanted. He says there is a lot of trial and error and eventually he got used to it.
Logan Deerwester is a sophomore in the program and indicates he is still getting his feet wet by learning to fly the drones. He explains there is a big learning curve going from their simulator to flying the drone but adds the drone and the simulator have some differences that show up in the transition from to the other.
Senior Grant Wilson has learned to fix the drones when something breaks. He says there's a lot of small wiring and sod work that goes into fixing the drones. His background working in his dad's mechanics shop helped him in developing his skills with the flight team.
According to Ethan Aughenbaugh, the students in the club will set up a course in a gym they will race a course they've set up. He indicates they are also keeping times on their simulator.
Baldwin calls this a great project that brings together students with different skills and coming together and working together. He explains he got the kids started and then they took almost everything from there with the skills and knowledge they have.