Pro Drone Racing Summer Bootcamp at SPIRE Academy

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Pro Drone Racing Summer Bootcamp

Drone Racing has quickly grown into a professional sport, with global leagues, large prize pools and pro contracts for the best pilots. Competing at the highest level requires unique skills, training, coaching, drills and practices. The Pro Drone Racing Summer Bootcamp Program is an elite opportunity for students in grade 9 through 12 to receive a week of individualized professional training in a program customized specifically to develop skills, knowledge and experience to compete at the highest levels.

Pro Drone Racing Summer Bootcamp sessions are offered as one-week sleepover experiences on the campus of SPIRE Academy, a premier co-ed sports training facility near Lake Erie in Geneva, Ohio and featuring elite facilities for traditional and future sports in the region.

Each camp day, campers spend 4 hours flying and racing in professional drone sports experience, working 1-on-1 with professional pilots on a variety of mini and micro drone platforms. Individual pilots skills are measured and tracked throughout to ensure each camper gets a personalized pilot coaching and training experience. Flight practice is combined with engineering, programming bench work and presentations from visiting pro drone pilots.

Campers also receive 2 hours each day of additional programming focused on maintiaining physical health and fitness, nutrition and mental health, as well as pro athlete coaching in PR, social media management and career counseling. Campers will have plenty of time to relax, play games and socialize with hundreds of other campers on SPIRE's huge sports and recreation campus.

The last day of camp features a final drone race competition and award ceremony. Every camper receives their own FPV racing drone to keep and take home, as well as their own video goggles, controller and tools to ensure the experience doesn't stop at the end of the week.

 

Highlights:

  • First of-its-kind professional drone racing bootcamp
  • Four one-week overnight sessions at SPIRE Academy (2 weeks in June and July)
  • Co-ed summer camp (12 campers per cohort, grade 9-12)
  • 4 hours/day drone racing training, skill development, industry speakers, lectures
  • 2 hours/day pro gamer health/fitness/social media/career training
  • Daily open time for extra flying, practice, socializing and relaxing
  • Learn to build, fly and compete at the highest level while gaining valuable STEM skills
  • Every camper keeps thier drone, goggles and controller
  • No previous experience required

​Dates:

  • June 14-20
  • June 21-27
  • July 12-18
  • July 19-25

Price:

  • Boarding: $1,395
  • Day: $1,100

 

Sample Daily Curriculum


Day 1

1 hour             Introduction to drone racing. Concepts, technology, safety, frequency management 

1.5 hour          PC Drone SIM training

.5 hour            Intro to Tinyhawk FPV RTF System

1 hour             Tinyhawk FPV flight training

                        Break

2 hour             Health/fitness/social training

1-2 hour          Social flying/training, RC FPV car racing, Quest VR

 

Day 2

.5 hour            Set up online pilot profile

1.5 hour          Tinyhawk FPV racing practice, performance tracking

1.5 hour          Drone hardware build (Hiro 450mm drone soldering workshop/LED lighting)

.5 hour            LOS flying/SIM training

                       Break

2 hour             Health/fitness/social training

1-2 hour          Social flying/training, RC FPV car racing, Quest VR

 

Day 3

1 hour             Scratch programming with Tello

2 hour             Tinyhawk Racing, drills, performance tracking

1 hour             Guest speaker

                       Break

2 hour             Health/fitness/social training

1-2 hour          Social flying/training, RC FPV car racing, Quest VR

 

Day 4

1 hour             FPV Pilot Line, safety presentation, setup

2.5 hour          Ext FPV Racing, performance tracking

.5 hour            Debrief, prep for competition

                       Break

2 hour             Health/fitness/social training

1-2 hour          Social flying/training, RC FPV car racing, Quest VR

 

Day 5

3 hour             Final Drone racing competition 

1 hour             Awards, strike track

                       Break

                       Weekly wrap up party, prep for Saturday departure

 

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