Central Lakes College’s Quadcopter team prepares their vehicle for the challenge events. Top left, counter clockwise around the table: Collin McTague, Dylan McCallson, Elizabeth Johnson, Alexander Carr, Anna Stevens. (Contributed photo)
By BRAINERD DISPATCH
Central Lakes College’s Quadcopter team participated in the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium’s Community College Quadcopter Challenge on April 15.
Eight student teams from five community colleges participated, with each team building an ELEV-8 quadcopter from a kit and then creatively outfitting it to address a list of challenge goals.
These goals included adding rotor protection, using 3-D printing to create a flexible camera mount, devising a mechanism for collecting granular and fluid samples and building an Arduino-logged sensor suite for environmental characterization. All the teams work together collaboratively, with no place rankings.