Quad Squad, a team made up of neighborhood friends from Shoreview
MN, placed first. The members split the $2,500 prize.
The top three teams in the nationals: (L-R) St. Mary’s CAP Composite Squadron MD-089 of Maryland, third place; the Quad Squad of Minnesota, first place;
and the PCT Droners from Georgia, second place.
such as by sponsoring a team.
UAS4STEM teams are made up of
four to eight youths, ages 11 to 19.
The 2017 entry fee for each new team
is $2,495. Returning teams must pay
$795, plus a student course fee of $65
per person. The team members are
required to apply for a free AMA Youth
membership if they do not already have
one, and complete the sUAS Ground
School curriculum. The team entry
fee includes up to eight sUAS Ground
School licenses, a Quadzilla quadcopter
to build, and competition entry.
In addition to the entry fee, teams
often have travel expenses. “A lot of the
 teams did car washes, mowed
yards, shoveled snow, etc.” to raise money
to compete in the regional competitions,
said Jessy. “Several teams were sponsored
by local companies. One team was
funded by a GoFundMe” fundraiser.
For the 2017 contest, for which
teams can currently register, there are
a handful of sponsorship options for
clubs and businesses. The sponsorship
amounts range from $2,000 to $10,000.
There is a sponsorship form available on
the UAS4STEM website. Some of the
benefits of financially supporting a team
include having the club or business logo
on advertising, social media postings,
programs, and in Model Aviation
If teams are not sponsored by a
club or business, Bill suggested that
they check the
in “Sources” for
that the 2017
be sponsored by
will help with the
of the event,” Bill
said. The funds will also be used to help
advertise the contest in magazines in
hopes of generating more interest in the
In the first UAS4STEM contest
in 2016, 75 teams competed in the
regional events. “We’re not going to
cap it next year. I’d like to have 150
[participate], but 300 would be great,”
Jessy commented. She added that she
hoped the teams that competed in 2016
would return for 2017.
Quad Squad, of Shoreview,
Minnesota, won the 2016 national
championship. “The winning team
wasn’t a school team, wasn’t a club—
just kids from a neighborhood,” Bill
commented, adding that the 2016
UAS4STEM competition was “far better
than our expectations.”
“A big round of applause needs to
go to the mentors for stepping up,”
said Jessy. Chris, who clearly enjoyed
the experience of hosting a regional
UAS4STEM contest, had some advice
for other clubs that are considering
getting involved with the program. “If
you’re on the fence, I’d say give it a try.
It’s a good way of building a community
outreach,” he said.
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