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build circuits with our helicopter workshop

Helicopter Workshop

"I thought this is what I'd like to do with my life (CS/EE); this confirmed that."

In 4 hours, our students:

build a circuit

arduino + transistor + motor

use the circuit to control a small helicopter

we never get tired of that "ah-ha" moment when the throttle engages

write software to perform fully autonomous flight

press a button, it flies, in the pattern the students programmed

perfect for your class

we've taught 10,000+ students worldwide

get the materials

handout and code, free for non-commercial use


Andrew Barry, Ph.D.

Andy B fell in love with autonomous drones by flying them for his Ph.D. at MIT. Andy has brought electronics and software workshops to over 10,000 students from small helicopters to sophisticated quadrupeds.

Pete Florence, Ph.D.

Pete flew drones of all sorts during his Ph.D. work at MIT. His planning and control work in the Robot Locomotion Group pushed the horizons for faster, more agile, and more reliable drones and his award-winning robot manipulation is giving robots new abilities all the time.

Andy Pethan

Andy P became obsessed with understanding how young people learn and hasn't let up. He taught high school math, coached robotics, led STEM workshops, developed curriculum, volunteered internationally, and now designs and develops software to guide best-practice instructional design for teachers.

Kimly Do

When not teaching for Stage One, Kimly ​is a private submersible pilot and amateur adventurer. She ​has worked at an aquarium feeding sharks, a used bookstore, a sushi restaurant, an educational camp for girls building ROVs, and several robotics research companies. She is a hang glider pilot, a boardgamer, a ​west coast swing ​dancer, a tea drinker, an e​​nneagram type 7w8, and a proud BTS fan.


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