Drone Club Flies Into Board Of Education Meeting 


Members of the new Perkins High School drone racing club showed off their flying skills to the Perkins Board of Education during its meeting Wednesday night.

As club members donned headsets and navigated the small propeller-powered devices around the meeting room, Coach Griff Hemphill explained to board members and the meeting audience that club members get problem-solving and communications experience. They also learn first-hand about the technology and mechanics of the devices, he said.

Drone pilots fly the devices using handsets to control devices direction and headsets to see where they are going, said club member Ian Hemphill. “It’s kind of like looking through an old TV,” he said of the view from the headset.

The club was organized last school year and quickly saw success as it won the state championship among drone teams. Already this school year, the club has participated in a scrimmage with the Sandusky High in December. Team members Bryan Zapadka, Ian Hemphill and Michael Scher, won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, at the scrimmage.

The high school club is rounded out by Ben Schaefer, A.C. Blue, and Bryce Bodle. Coach Hemphill said that the club will expand and be open to Briar Middle School students.

The Board of Education in November officially recognized the group as a club, meaning members could raise money. Coach Hemphill explained that the drones, headsets, and controllers cost about $275 for a set. He said the club, including the high school and middle school members, would have a budget of about $2,500.

There is no limit to the size of the club, and everyone in the club gets to participate, Coach Hemphill said.

Posted by d_shaw On 28 December, 2018 at 9:35 AM