The large established robotics programs, such as First and Vex, require a level of commitment of time and money that deters most high school teachers from participating. I?m in a high school robotics league that is high level in teaching engineering design, creativity and programming, but very low in cost and time requirements. This is best described by viewing our competition videos and website.
2009 competition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOyhZKdcLvs
2008 competition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgCsvpLYHCQ
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.