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Students, robots as busy and efficient as bees at Virginia Western event | The Roanoke TImes

The challenges of coaxing a small, quirky robot along a ping-pong-table-sized course were readily apparent at Saturday’s Worker Bots contest.

Held at Virginia Western Community College, Worker Bots was the 11th annual autonomous robot competition put on by the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It attracted 29...Read More »


City schools get robotics grant | The Coalfield Progress

The Norton school system has been awarded a $5,000 STEM Competition Team Grant from the Virginia Department of Education.

John I. Burton High School science teacher Diane Kinser said city schools will implement the Virginia STEM Competition Team initiative beginning next semester at the high school.

The program will use a STEM...Read More »


Manta ray robot takes to the pool – and maybe soon the sea | New Atlas

Manta rays swim through the water with a flying motion, allowing them to travel quickly with little effort, while also being quite agile. These are qualities that would likewise be desirable in an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV. To that end, scientists from the National University of Singapore have...Read More »


We Have Better Maps of Mars than of the Ocean Floor. Drones Could Change That | Government Technology

(TNS) — Society currently has better maps of the moon, Mars and Venus than of the ocean, says Dan Stilwell with Virginia Tech’s marine robotics research. But he and others are attempting to paint a better picture of the sea floor, which may involve dropping drones into Hampton Roads waters.

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Tech students launch drone racing team | The Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG – Nestor Folta’s drone sounded like a mosquito as it buzzed around an empty field on a recent afternoon, flying around 60 mph through a homemade obstacle course of PVC pipes.

The practice course was designed to be identical to what Folta, 21, and two other Virginia Tech...Read More »


Unmanned Systems Achieve Significant Successes in 2017 Virginia General Assembly

As the Commonwealth’s first and only association dedicated to lobbying on behalf of all sectors of the unmanned industry, the Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV) played a key role in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly, helping to protect the industry from efforts that would have created barriers and stymied...Read More »


Virginia students head to Drone Camp | Richmond Times Dispatch

DANVILLE — Dozens of Dan River Region students flew drones, constructed planes and learned to code during their spring break last week as part of Drone Camp at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

The camp, a collaboration between the institute and the 4-H Virginia Cooperative Extension, ran...Read More »


Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Engagement Drives Richmond Robotics Team | IdeaStations.org

Each Spring, students across the country compete in robotics competitions. The initiatives develop proficiencies in STEM. But they also foster business skills, collaboration and community engagement. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp spent time with one Richmond team and files this report for Virginia Currents.

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At Maggie Walker Governor’s school, the robotics team...Read More »


Virginia Tech assessing injury risk from unmanned aircraft | sUAS News

Researchers at Virginia Tech — home to both a Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems and a world-renowned injury biomechanics group — are developing methods to evaluate the risk posed by small unmanned aircraft to anyone on the ground.

This research is key to enabling flights over people....Read More »


PC scientist's discoveries about jellyfish may propel future drones | Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE – The journey that brought Jack Costello to futuristic technology began on the shores of Long Island, where he came of age in the 1960s. Costello loved swimming but hated jellyfish, which would become his adult passion – a passion of intense interest today to the Navy and the...Read More »


Learning at new heights: The Virginia Drones Project | WHSV

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)– Some Virginia college students are taking learning to new heights, as well as taking on global issues.

This semester, students...Read More »


JMU students equipping drone to save historic wall in Colombia | Augusta Free Press

How can a group of JMU students help a doctoral student in Colombia determine the effects of climate change on a historically and culturally significant wall in Cartagena?

With a drone, of course.

The six students, who have dubbed their group, “The City Walls Team,” are equipping a drone—built last spring by...Read More »


'It’s the future': PVCC shows off drone programs to lieutenant governor | The Daily Progress

With green lights flashing, a fleet of unmanned aerial systems — better known as drones — sat at the ready Tuesday morning as Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam learned about new training for emergency services personnel at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Since May, the community college has offered...Read More »


How are Drones Being Used in the Classroom? | Commercial UAV News

Understanding how professionals are actually using UAVs is a critical consideration for anyone wanting or trying to properly leverage the technology. What does it actually mean for someone to use a drone in the field? Will utilizing a UAV create efficiencies that can be quantified? How is all of...Read More »


Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission EDUCATION WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT

The purpose is to begin the discussion on capabilities and needs for unmanned systems in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Drones training program raises the bar for safety in aerial journalism | Augusta Free Press

For journalists, using unmanned aircraft – drones – to capture photo and video can lead to more effective reporting. But safely deploying this new technology in environments that may be complex and unpredictable requires careful preparation.

The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership...Read More »


College classes now cover drone technology for farmers | Augusta Free Press

Piedmont Virginia Community College is now offering a drone certification class for farmers who want to use that technology.

PVCC became the first college in the nation to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Authority to conduct research and development of aircraft and sensors, including small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones,...Read More »


VCU students get hands-on experience with flying drones — inside Cabell Library | VCU News

Two quadcopter drones buzzed around the two-story lecture hall on the third floor of James Branch Cabell Library last Wednesday as Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” played through the sound system and a massive video wall welcomed a small crowd to the “Cabell Aerodrome.”

“I’m a nerd, so I love stuff like...Read More »


Drones on Campus: Navigating the FAA's New Small UAS Rule : FREE Webinar

Title: Drones on Campus: Navigating the FAA’s New Small UAS Rule
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. PDT, 1:00 p.m. CDT, 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Virginia Tech reveals $75 million plan to emphasize intelligent infrastructure | Virginia Tech Daily

Virginia Tech will invest $75 million over five years to build teaching and research capacity in areas where it is already a national leader, including smart design and construction, and autonomous vehicles across land, air, and water, university officials said today.

The initiative will provide learning opportunities for students and unite...Read More »


Early Days for Drone Use in Higher Education | Education Review

Unmanned aircraft systems offer numerous possibilities in the academic environment, from creating programs aimed at UAS design and construction to finding ways to use them in traditional research across academic disciplines.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), also known as drones, offer numerous benefits and vast potential in the academic community both for...Read More »


The Breeze: Student-Built Drones

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Madison Scholar: Students Test Drones at the Convo

JMU now offers the only undergraduate drone course in Virginia. And how cool is it that we got to do our first flights in the Convocation Center?

All you future roboticists and engineers—check out JMU’s growing undergraduate robotics program. Dr. Kevin Giovanetti’s class is taught with remote engineering support from Read More »


WHSV Report: JMU Students Build and Fly Drones

James Madison University is ramping up its robotics program through Professor Kevin Giovanetti’s class with the help of Nova Labs team: Fred Briggs, Chris Vo, Bo Pollett, and Ted Markson.

Read the WHSV report...Read More »