Quadcopters and Drones

Mike Cairns from Infinite Impact studio does a quadcopter test flight in preparation for Thursday's COSI After Dark.

You may have heard some talk recently about quadcopters or drones. From military applications, Amazon package delivery, and even a California based burrito delivery service unmanned aerial vehicles seem to be the emerging technology of the day. With all of these new developments people are right to be excited. Never before in history have we had the opportunity to purchase an aircraft that can be programmed to fly over a range of 1 mile without a pilot on board for less than $300. This fact positions quadcopters and drones to revolutionize transportation, agriculture, media production, military applications, and other industries as innovations are introduced. 

So how does COSI fit into all of this? We want YOU to get a chance to experience these technologies hands on and help shape the future of unmanned aerial vehicle flight. To get you started I’ve created a couple events to introduce you to the topic and give you a chance to dig deep into how this new technology can transform the world around us.  

Thursday, August 7th from 5:30-10:00 is the monthly COSI After Dark event. Adults ages 21 and up are invited to come to COSI to log some flight time with several different quadcopters.  We will be giving hands on demonstrations of both “toy” quadcopters like the Syma X-1 and hobbyist quadcopters like the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 . You can even learn how to write Javascript programs to make the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 fly without a human pilot. On top of all of that we’ve invited our friends at Infinite Impact, a Columbus based company that specializes in drone photography and videography, to give demos of their professional level quadcopters all night long.

Teens aren’t left out of this equation either.  On Sunday, August 10th COSI will host two workshops for Middle School and High School students where they will get the chance in small groups to really explore quadcopters and drones. We’ll be teaching them the basics of quadcopters flight and guiding them through writing programs for the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 in order to complete a couple different challenges.

I can’t wait to see all of you at the quadcopter and drone events this week. I’ve got a special announcement that has to do with our Mini Maker Faire this October that I’ll be making at these events. It’s been really rough keeping it a secret so I can’t wait to share it with you and hopefully you’ll decide to be a part it too!

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Ty Owen

Ty Owen is the Manager of Technology and Innovation Programs and has been with COSI since 2010. A jack of all trades and a master of some, he designs and presents programs related to 3D design and printing, computer programming, video gaming, audio and video production, and physical maker skills.  Outside of COSI, Ty performs electronic music and video in a band called WHRL, collects records, and is always building or making something new.

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