Drone Academy is a free, week-long summer program that offers a balanced, blended experience integrating interactive STEM learning, student mentoring, and career exposure designed for 9th-12th grade students.
Through hands-on UAV construction, flying exercises, and experimentation, students will gain the skills needed to compete in today’s drone-centric world. The coursework combines engineering design and construction, 3D printing, and the application of electrical engineering principles.
Students will learn from and network with industry leaders that utilize drone technology and computer programming in their careers. This includes the Jefferson County EMA, Southern Research and more!
Statement on Coronavirus
We are committed to delivering a safe learning environment for all students, teachers and staff. This is accomplished by following all health and safety guidelines provided by Southern Research, the CDC and ALSDE. We continuously monitor local coronavirus trends to ensure the safest decision regarding face-to-face programming. We will provide updates on our website if we are unable to safely host in-person experiences.
The camp is free!
The active hours of the camp are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off as early as 8:00 a.m. each day and must be picked up by 3:00 p.m.
Yes. We will provide lunch and a snack each day of the camp.
Drone Academy is held on the Southern Research campus in the STEM Education Outreach Center– 2000 9th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Yes. Please indicate on each person’s application the name of your friend/sibling and the preferred camp dates you would like to attend together.
No, we do not provide transportation. We encourage you to carpool if you are able.
Yes. We are accepting current 8th grade students who will be in 9th grade in the 2022-2023 school year.
Yes. We are accepting students who are graduating from high school in May 2022.
Yes. You do not need any prior experience with the topics we will cover during the camp – you’ll learn all of these things during the camp!
As of now, Drone Academy is scheduled to occur as planned. Any changes will be communicated via our website and email.