Recent Unmanned Aircraft Systems Conference in Washington Brought UAS Education to Local Students.

Businesses were also able to network at the event.

By Jennifer Ferrero, APR

A new concept was at work last fall when a group of industry folks and educators decided to elevate opportunities in the world of drones. They took their concept to high school students in Southeast Washington. The Washington UAS Academic and Agricultural conference was held in Sunnyside, WA in September 2016. Companies statewide were invited to show their unmanned aircraft systems and to talk about piloting and manufacturing of the vehicles.

About 100 participants, high school students from local school districts included, came to the event to learn. Local government representatives came out to show support of this fast-growing area.

Students like Margarita Romero, interviewed by the local NBC affiliate, shares her passion for using drones in her goal to pursue an engineering degree.

Participating sponsors were:

  • The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Washington Department of Transportation, Aviation Division
  • Applewhite Aero
  • Minds-i Robotics
  • US Army
  • and more!

Expert speakers were on-hand to share about the industry, the rapid growth expected, and how to train the future generation of pilots and manufacturers.

The location was helpful for the consideration of how unmanned aircraft can be used in agricultural perspectives.

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The UAS Conference was profiled on the local NBC Affiliate. The story provides some great visuals and interviews with local students interested in these careers.