300 Brooklyn students to build and fly drones at national science event

WHAT: 4-H National Youth Science Day to engage 100,000 students nationwide, including 300+ at Brooklyn elementary school through STEM and Drone Discovery Day activities

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Public School 21, 180 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, NY

VISUALS: 300-400 elementary students (grades 4-8) building, testing and flying simulated drones inside the gym, auditorium and school yard. Click here to watch a preview VIDEO.

MEDIA: The event is open to the media. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or dal296@cornell.edu.

ITHACA, N.Y. – More than 300 New York City schoolchildren will design and fly foam planes, code virtual flight patterns and explore the practical uses of drones and other unmanned aircraft to mark 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) at Public School 21 in Brooklyn on Friday, Oct. 7.

Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension New York City (CUCE-NYC), the event occurs as more than 100,000 youth nationwide plan to participate throughout October in Drone Discovery, a hands-on program created by a Cornell University team composed of campus and county partners in collaboration with National 4-H Council.

Drone Discovery teaches youth to use the engineering design process to understand unmanned flight and its applications. First, participants learn about aircraft types by designing and flying simple fixed and rotary wing aircraft; next, they discover how drones can gather data with a foam glider and keychain camera; and finally, youth explore the basics of coding as they program virtual drones to solve real-world challenges, such as tracking the spread of an invasive plant species or searching for lost people or pets.

Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn event, which was organized by Lucinda Randolph-Benjamin, CUCE-NYC extension associate for family and 4-H youth development.
“We are so excited to see Drone Discovery in action,” said Alexa Maille, Drone Discovery Day project leader. “Drone Discovery is a great example of Cornell campus and county extension educators working together to inspire youth to explore new technology and STEM learning.”

National 4-H Council selected Cornell as the university partner for 4-H NYSD this spring after a competition among land-grant institutions. Across New York’s 57 counties and New York City’s boroughs, approximately 190,000 youth annually participate in 4-H programs offered by schools, local clubs, camps and other locations – a youth development network underpinned by Cornell expertise.

Daryl Lovell
office: 607-254-4799
cell: 607-592-3925

Cornell University has television, ISDN and dedicated Skype/Google+ Hangout studios available for media interviews. For more information, see this Cornell Chronicle story.