Drone Career Readiness Challenge - Middle School
Drones are used as a tool in industries around the globe. Entries for this challenge will explore the way professionals in a specific career or company use drones.
Aerial Drone Competition competitors are uniquely positioned to pursue careers that will use drones as a resource and tool. Many of the skills developed—including drone piloting, programming, teamwork, and communication—will directly transfer to future professions. We want you to explore a possible future career and discover how drones are used in that industry. There are many paths that you can take to becoming a STEM leader. Which will you choose?
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Four (4) Finalists: Automatic qualification to their Aerial Drone Competition Regional Championship
Finalists will be selected at each of the following grade levels, for a total of two (2) prize packages:
Teams must be part of a registered Aerial Drone Competition team for the current season.
This page is for Middle School entries only - if you are any other program or grade level, please refer to the Online Challenge listings to find the correct page for your program and grade level.
Only one entry per team is permitted. However, each team in a multi-team school or club program may submit one entry. For example, teams 123A and 123B could each submit an entry, but team 123A could not submit two entries. Entries must vary in content and presentation to be considered separate entries.
Entries submitted in previous years’ Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
By uploading a submission to an REC Foundation Online Challenge, you agree to follow the Submission Guidelines and certify that you understand the Intellectual Property Rights held by you and the REC Foundation regarding your submission. Please review the Submission Guidelines and Intellectual Property Rights information at this link before uploading your submission.
How are drones used in companies and careers? As drone technology increases, more and more industries are finding ways to use drones in the field. Your submission will use a combination of text and images to identify a specific career or company and explore how drones are used in the tasks of their job.
Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:
A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.
Note: Beginning with the 2023-24 season, challenge entries must be uploaded by the primary contact for a registered team. This individual should ensure that the submission meets all requirements and criteria before uploading.
Up to 5 points for a submission that identifies a career or company and describes why it was chosen
Up to 5 points for a description of how the chosen profession or company utilizes drones, and and an explanation of why and how drone are used
Up to 5 points for describing how participation in the Aerial Drone Competition prepares students for a future career
Up to 5 points for clear presentation of findings and organization of content
Up to 5 points for the quality and readability of the writing, including spelling, grammar, and sentence structure
- Up to 5 points for the quality and thoroughness of images used to document the project