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Posted on Jun 25, 2015

High-flying summer camp at QJHS

Some 15 students participated in a unique and first-of-its-kind summer camp last week at Quincy Junior High School.

A week-long summer camp at QJHS attracted 12 students who were eager to learn more about drones. Photos by Kurtis J. Wood.

A week-long summer camp at QJHS attracted 12 students who were eager to learn more about drones. Photos by Kurtis J. Wood.

The Science and Technology Drone Camp attracted 12 seventh-graders. On hand to help them out were eighth-graders Taggart Hodges, Miguel Valle and Elena Lopez. The three mentors participated in the new QJHS drone club this past year.
Participants learned about quadcopters such as the Swaggart, a racing quadcopter that reaches speeds of more than 50 miles an hour and flight times as long as six minutes.
Students also got a chance at racing and flying several mini-copters. The campers worked with the motors, electronic speed controls, and general construction of the quadcopters.
“Eighth-graders showed the seventh-graders how to do it,” said Dylan Kling of Soar Gear Up.
QJHS counselor and drone club advisor Trevor Sill was also part of the camp. Quadcopters will be a big part of the future in farming and he wants the Quincy students to be at the forefront, Sill said.
“I really wanted the kids to know what goes into it,” he said.

 

— By Kurtis J. Wood, sports@qvpr.com

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