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Drone Career Readiness Challenge - High 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?

Visit this link for a printable summary of this challenge.


Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
Aerial Drone Competition


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:

  • Middle School

  • High School


Teams must be part of a registered Aerial Drone Competition team for the current season.

  • This page is for High 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.


Challenge Details

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:

  • Which career or company did you select and why?

  • How are drones used in this career or company?

  • What resources did you use to learn about this company and use of drones?

  • How has participation in the Aerial Drone Competitions prepared you for a future career?

Minimum Requirements

A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.

  1. Entry is created and produced solely by student team members. It is acceptable for adults to assist with downloading any necessary resources where students may need permission.

  2. Format: One PDF file (up to 20MB) that includes all content, including images.

  3. Size: Submission up to 1000 words, including all content. Judges may use a software-based word counter such as to verify word counts.

  4. Title Page:  Each entry must include a title page that includes:

    • Title of submission

    • Names of students who participated (using first names only is acceptable)

    • Team number 

    • Location of team

Upload Instructions

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.

  1. Click the green Submit an Entry button on the right side of the screen.

  2. Fill out the submission form and add an optional description of the entry to the Short Description field.

  3. Ensure you are entering the correct team number and letter, with no spaces.

  4. Click Save.

  5. Click the blue Files /Images button in the upper right of the screen.

  6. Drag/drop your PDF file into the Upload a File box, then refresh if needed to view file details below the Upload a File box.

  7. Edit the Display Name and file information to include your entry title and your team number; for example, "Career Readiness Challenge entry, team 007x."

  8. Click on Save to record your edits.

Judging Information

  • 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

Deadline Information

Current time:
Tue, May 21, 2024 5:46 AM CDT


Wed, Nov 1, 2023 12:00 AM CDT


Wed, Jan 31, 2024 4:00 PM CST