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You have made the wise choice of embarking on a knowledge and fun filled journey into the world of drones. See the world through the eyes of an unmanned aerial vehicles and systems (UAV/ UAS). In this project you'll:

  • Learn what a drone is, and general applications
  • Learn general aerospace fundamentals and principles
  • Learn how a drone works
  • Discuss FAA regulations and privacy
  • Learn the basics of UAV operation
  • & Much More!

This year we have added Quads Away: A Drone Curriculum For All to the Drone Project resources!

Whether you are a solo pilot tackling this curriculum alone, or a group of new pilots working with a project instructor/teacher, you will find that this curriculum is designed for you. The goal of Quads Away: A Drone Curriculum For All is to incorporate the various Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields into an easy to follow curriculum that helps the user to understand drones and their technologies in a comprehensive way. Through the use of a multimedia approach, users will be guided through three (3) progressive sections:

1. Ground School, which introduces users to the terminology, technology and basics of the drone industry before taking flight. In addition, users also explore the relevant aerospace principles involved in drone flight.

2. Pre-Flight School, which guides users through the relevant UAS laws and procedures involved in flying drones. Also users will learn how to complete mission checklists, flight logs, and gain LAANC aproval to fly in controlled airspace. Pilots will also take The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) administered online for free by an FAA approved administrator.

3. Flight School, which develops user’s skills from basic to advanced maneuvers through the use of both training missions and real world missions. Users will be able to apply the skills learned in Part 1 and Part 2 to become competent and safe recreational pilots.


This curriculum includes several activities to aid in the learning process, and also encourages youth to use internet sources through Online Reconnaissance Missions. As an FAA Part 107 Certified sUAS Remote Pilot, I have included as much relevant drone information as I could without it becoming overwhelming. For those wishing to gain more information on particular topics, an additional resource page has been included for that purpose.

You will notice that this curriculum does not have an Index/Glossary. That is intentional. It is expected that the youth use modern technologies to come up with answers to the posed questions, and verify amongst each other. For many of the activities, the final answer is not what is important, but rather the thought process used to arrive there. This curriculum is not designed to create content experts, but rather process experts capable of using their resources and intellect to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to become a competent recreational drone pilot.


The Curriculum Can be accessed through pdf at the following link:

Quads Away Jan. 2022 Updated Curriculum


State Fair Exhibit Rules

Each county may submit 2 entries from each class. 

Choose one of the following classes based on your interest and skill level.

Each Exhibitor must complete all three sections of Quads Away Curriculum and display (or upload) a completed Mission Logbook.

UAV Display (sf 50375)

Prepare a display related to the Drones/UAV project on the topic of your choosing. The exhibit may include, but isn't limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you've learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. Non-UAV/Drone projects should not be entered in this class (see Aerospace Display).

uav unmanned aerial systems (sf 50376)

Exhibit one Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and associated system assembled or made by the member. UAV or Drone exhibits in this class must be either originally designed or built from a kit of reconfigurable parts and components. These displays are limited to multicopters (tri, quad, hex, and octocopters), as well as FPV airplanes and flying wings with wingspans up to 36". A detailed build log with pictures as well as a Mission Logbook must be included. The UAV MUST have a Flight Controller and utilize a camera/video transmission system. The exhibit will be a static display. The Drone should be in good flying condition with batteries fully charged, and all UAS components (including Video System) ready to demonstrate. DO NOT display your UAV with the propellers on, but rather on the table to the side of your UAV. The Drone will not be flown. Attach the printed directions/instructions of the UAV if any were used. 

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