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Student Competitions
Student Competitions inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply STEM to solve problems and strengthen critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation. NCAT supports and provides students will the opportunities to engage in STEM activities across air, land and sea.
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NCAT sponsored the first Robotic Aerial Drone (RAD) Competition in the Nation! NCAT promotes and provides support to encourage engagement in STEM and autonomous technologies in both secondary and post-secondary education, particularly in underserved areas. The RAD Competition is a great way to get students involved, have fun, and prepare them for the future advanced technical workforce. The RAD Competition is just one of many options for students that promotes engagement in drones. See below for other well-established competitions.

  • The REC Foundation Aerial Drones (RAD) program offers students a variety of opportunities to learn about aerial drone operations through in-person and virtual competition-based experiences. The intersection of sports and technology come together in the RAD Competition (RADC) and Virtual RAD (VRAD).
  • Drone racing is the sport of the future. Hydra FPV is growing the sport by letting kids race little drones with cameras on them, and they don't event notice all of the STEM skills they're picking up as they fly around with their friends. Check out their races, either in person or via livestream. Catch the interview NCAT hosted with Hydra FPV during Drone Safety Awareness week here: Hydra FPV: Why We Fly
  • Competitions are designed to evaluate team members' skills and preparation for employment in multiple career fields related to the safe and efficient use of drone technology in the National Airspace System and to recognize outstanding performance by participants in real-world, scenario-based situations.
  • The AUVSI SUAS Competition is designed to foster interest in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), stimulate interest in UAS technologies and careers, and to engage students in a challenging UAS mission. The competition requires students to design, integrate, report on, and demonstrate a UAS capable of autonomous flight and navigation, remote sensing via onboard payload sensors, and execution of a specific set of tasks.
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