Drone camp kicks off in Rossford


ROSSFORD — Rossford Schools is launching a new Drone Camp this summer from July 8 through July 19 for sixth through eighth grade students at The R.

The camp will have 30 students take part in the Drone Legends program. This new program would not be possible without a partnership between The Bulldog Foundation and First Solar.

First Solar pledged $5,000 a year for five years to the Bulldog Foundation to start and grow the camp. The plan is to grow the camp into other science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) areas to reach many more students. The First Solar donation is integral as this new summer camp launches.

“We are incredibly grateful to First Solar who partnered with us to make this possible,” said Foundation Vice President and Board Member Doug Miller.

“First Solar has a reputation of supporting the development of young minds in STEAM and we look forward to continue to work with First Solar as we offer more opportunities for our students to learn cutting-edge programming.”

As the camp grows, The Bulldog Foundation hopes to bring in other partners such as Imagination Station, BGSU’s Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurship, and other STEAM related entities.

The two-week camp will be run by Rossford Schools STEM teachers with input and assistance from Kris Waslar and Rick Morton of Workforce Development at First Solar. It will culminate on July 19 in a drone competition with 10 teams competing on the final day.

The Bulldog Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization that creates opportunities to enhance academic excellence for students attending Rossford Schools.

The Foundation provides student scholarships, classroom grants and other projects helping unlock student’s unlimited futures. Specifically, through the camp The Bulldog Foundation hopes to ignite a STEAM spark in the girls and boys who will participate. As part of the camp, the students will be introduced to the many careers available in STEAM related areas.

“We are thrilled to launch this new summer camp for our Rossford Schools students,” said Superintendent Dan Creps.

The Drone Legends program hits on curriculum topics such as drone piloting, real-world drone applications, coding concepts and functions, engineering design process, aerial video and editing, science and math applications and an introduction to visual-based coding.

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