G3 and their award winning UAV

IMG_1488Three Henry W. Grady High School students were recently selected as finalists for Intel’s 2014 Drone Prize.  The team traveled all the way to Portland, Oregon to present their project as a part of Innovation Day and compete for a $10,000 award.

Congratulations to Isabelle Carson, Sajjad Ali, and Gabriel Kupersmith of the G3 Robotics team who worked with mentor Gardner Chambliss over the summer to develop a project proposal for MARTA to use UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles or “drones”) as part of their safety, security, and maintenance programs. (Did I say they were super smart?!?!) The IMG_1780team presented their proposal to MARTA officials in July and brainstormed possible uses for UAVs with members of the MARTA police force.  Their work with MARTA inspired the team to create their video submission to the 2014 Drone Prize.

The team recently returned with two awards – the People’s Choice Award (audience selection) and the 2nd Place 2014 Drone Prize!  The team successfully operated the UAV on an obstacle course, competing against college and adult teams.  The 2nd place prize package included UAV and camera hardware valued at approximately $3,000.

To learn more about the 2014 Drone Prize or view the finalists’ video submissions, visit http://www.droneprize.com/finalists/

Congratulations to our brainiac students and their mentor on this awesome accomplishment!

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