Tioga drone camp receives accreditation

TIOGA – On Saturday the Tioga Economic Development and Enel Green Power North America Drone Camp for Kids! event became the first STEM accredited event in the state of North Dakota and one of only a handful in the nation.

Tioga’s two-day event last weekend instructed 56 students in grades five through 12.

AeroFleet One, MHA Energy, Neset Consulting, Lake Region College, University of Mary and Job Service North Dakota presented educational information to the students about drone use, safety, privacy, competitive flight and vocational opportunities. Principles of aerodynamics and flight were presented by UND. McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger shared the importance of UAS for search and rescue in the State Park and after the recent F5 tornado.

Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of Public Instruction, was on hand to present the Tioga EDC and local elected officials with the STEM.org accreditation certificate. The annual event meets or exceeds the STEM.org’s 100-point requirements to receive accreditation. STEM.org is the nation’s oldest and most trusted organization for accrediting programs and certifying teachers in science, technology and math.

Students from as far away as Fargo, Montana, and Wyoming attended the camp and braved the 100-degree weather to learn from educators and industry leaders.

The Tioga Drone Camp for Kids! was also awarded the 2016 Impact Award for Community Development by the Economic Development Association of North Dakota.