Friday, September 30

More than 200 students from EBR and surrounding parishes to Explore Drones in World’s Largest Youth-Led STEM Challenge

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SU Ag Center introduces youth to the world of drones through hands-on experience during 4-H National Youth Science Day

Baton Rouge, LA – More than 200 students from East Baton Rouge Parish and surrounding areas will join approximately a 100,000 youth across the world in leading the 9th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge. This year’s challenge, called Drone Discovery, introduces youth to the burgeoning field of drones in a hands-on, interactive design challenge.

The Drone Discovery challenge will be held on October 5, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Student Union on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus. The challenge will teach youth a wide variety of topics related to unmanned flight including flight dynamics, aircraft types, safety and regulations, remote sensing and flight control. Designed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, the hands-on, three part engineering design challenge will allow students to experiment with fixed and rotary wing designs, explore the concept of remote sensing and dive into the world of coding for real-world drone applications.

The event will feature a drone demonstration, performances by the Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy’s Choir and the J.K. Haynes Drama Department. Students will also have an opportunity to visit several interactive display stations.

Comedian and radio personality Howard Hall will serve as host of the event. Hall is an on-air personality for Max 94.1 FM. He has been a stand-up comedian for 10 years and has performed on Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza and was one of the featured comedians for the 2013 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise.

4-H NYSD is the world’s largest youth-led engineering design challenge, drawing nearly 100,000 participants in 2015. This year’s event will involve students in all 50 states and countries around the world. The National 4-H Council will host a flagship national event, with hundreds of students participating in the challenge on October 5 in Washington, D.C.

The 2016 4-H NYSD national partners are HughesNet®, Lockheed Martin and U.S. Cellular. DJI, the world’s largest maker of consumer drones, is the national sponsor.

For additional information, contact at Dr. Tiffany W. Franklin at, 225.771.2242.


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