- Alexa Maille, New York State 4‑H STEM Specialist at Cornell University Cooperative Extension
- Elizabeth Dougherty, Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition at the United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Scott Paddy, Product Development Engineer at Ford Motor Company and proud 4‑H parent.
- Thaddeus Hughes, student at Rose Hulman Institute of Engineering and the 2016 4‑H STEM Youth in Action winner
- Xavier Harding, technology editor for Popular Science magazine
At the conclusion of the breakfast, attendees joined youth as they performed the 2017 4‑H NYSD Challenge, Drone Discovery. Youth split up in rotating groups to experience the three-part challenge, building their own foam drones and putting them to the test. Youth were also able to get hands-on at the special Drone Zone, with real drones provided by national sponsor DJI.
We were also honored to have two special guests to address youth during the event. U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith shared her perspective on the importance of providing STEM education and experiences to young people in America. Drone expert Brett Velicovich gave exciting demonstrations of his drones, along with giving away a few drones for the kids to take home.
Youth left with an appreciation and understanding of drones, and how they help solve real-world problems. The event was a success and it’s all because of the tremendous support of our partners, sponsors and 4‑H community.
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