Drone Racing Camps FAQs

  • Who should attend summer bootcamp?

    SPIRE summer sessions are open to male and female campers in grades 9-12 who are interested in a professional esports or drone racing training experience.

  • Are summer bootcamp sessions on SPIRE’s campus or online?

    oth.  SPIRE is offering separate sessions to accommodate as many campers’ needs as possible, offering both day camp and sleepover sessions at our Geneva Ohio campus and virtual online sessions via distance learning.

  • Can a camper attend multiple summer sessions at once?

    No. Each week-long session is a complete experience and cannot be combined with other sessions simultaneously.

  • Can a camper repeat a summer session or attend multiple, different sessions in a row?

    Yes. SPIRE offers 2 weekly sessions in June and 2 weekly sessions in July. A camper may choose to attend either esports or drone racing sessions during any of those times – and can repeat a session more than once.

  • What topics and activities are covered?

    Each program offers unique training, activities and competitions focused on helping every camper achieve their performance potential.

  • Who will be the instructors?

    All programs, training and coaching sessions are led by experienced professionals with years of professional experience in esports and drone sports.  Many of these instructors are among the highest ranked in their field.

  • Are there scholarship opportunities for Esports?

    Collegiate esports scholarships have become commonplace in recent years. SPIRE has relationships with multiple collegiate programs that offer scholarship programs, many of whom will be present during our camps to meet and observe firsthand the potential in budding esports athletes. 

  • What skills will campers learn from these programs?

    There are multiple personal and professional skills to be gained from SPIRE’s esports and drone racing camp programs. Teamwork, communication, sportsmanship and self confidence will all be nurtured as campers are exposed to a professional competitive and training environment.  Game-specific techniques and motor skills, problem-solving and multitasking will all see benefits from daily training sessions. Campers will learn multiple STEAM education concepts while mastering PC networking, live streaming, electronics, drone technology and hardware.

  • What's the difference between on campus and distance learning drone programs?

    Both drone programs share many of the same experiences, staffing and tools.  However, there are some elements of the on-campus experience that can only be experienced in person, including the opportunity to train on multiple drone sizes and race formats, design and building professional track and race courses and full SPIRE campus access for afternoon and evening group activities.

  • How does SPIRE teach drone racing online?

    SPIRE drone racing programs are designed from the ground up to be professional, impactful and fun both on campus and online. The distance learning and on campus programs share quite a lot of the same activities and curriculum, including the same drones and hardware, as well as the virtual training, racing and community experiences. Virtual campers meet daily in  group video chat, Discord and Velocidrone to fly, train and compete.  Each camper receives a complete FPV drone racing hardware kit to keep, and works with SPIRE coaches one-on-one throughout the week to master all the skills needed to fly FPV.

  • How much one-on-one coaching will I receive during the week?

    Each camper will have daily one-on-one coaching sessions throughout the week to develop skills and work on specific goals. Individual coaching is combined with daily group training sessions, races, competitions and guest speakers. Sessions are capped at 12 campers to ensure everyone gets lots of personal attention and flight time.

  • What drone equipment do campers receive in the mail?

    The distance learning program includes a complete ready-to-fly drone racing package, plus a lifetime license to Velocidrone simulator software and a professional gaming controller (total retail value over $300).

     

    Emax TinyHawk II RTF kit:

    Everything needed to fly from the industry leader in FPV
    https://emax-usa.com/emax-tinyhawk-2-indoor-fpv-racing-drone-rtf.html

     

    Velocidrone license:
    The most popular sim training and racing software
    https://www.velocidrone.com/

     

    Spectrum DX InterLink Sim Controller:

    Professional grade sim input device
    http://www.spektrumrc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdId=SPMRFTX1:

  • What are the technical requirements to attend remote drone camp?

    1. A dedicated PC computer for instruction sessions and sim training. A portable laptop is ideal, as some of the one-on-one coaching can take place outside or in larger rooms. 
    2. High speed internet connection suitable for video chat and gaming. 
    3. A room for the camper to focus on the instruction. A lot of technical information will be taught, and camper focus is important. 
    4. A larger area for flying the physical drone. This can be a living room, a garage or even outside. For one-on-one instruction, a laptop is ideal as it can be moved to this secondary location for drone flight and instruction.
  • What type of computer do I need?

    A PC (not a Mac) – either a desktop or laptop – with the following minimum specs: Windows 7, 8 and 10 (64 bit only) CPU: Intel I3 1.7ghz. GPU: Intel HD4000. Memory: 4GB Disk: 12GB. DirectX 11.0, Shader Model 5.

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