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"I Refuse to take NO for an answer." -Bessie Coleman

An Exceptional S.T.E.A.A.M Experience!

The Bessie Coleman Youth Drone Preparation & Training Academy

Named after and dedicated to her legacy as the first African American and Native American woman pilot, Bessie Coleman, Save Our Schools for Our Kids Foundation of Connecticut presents “The Bessie Coleman Youth Drone Preparation & Training Academy” (Known here-after as the Bessie Coleman Youth Drone Academy).

Referred to as small, unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), the aim of this academy is to provide Hartford youth ages 9 –17 a STEM career pathway and business development platform of learning for commercial drone/unmanned aerial vehicle skills development and the opportunity to obtain their FAA certification for youth sixteen years of age and up.

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Youths will gain information taught by professional Drone Pilot and Drone Aerial Photographer instructors’ about commercial and recreational drone piloting and drone photography/videography. They will learn about opportunities to work full or part-time in a variety of industries that utilizes drones as well as learn how to create and launch their own business. Whether youth participants learn for recreational or professional use, they will all acquire the skills on how to be a drone operator for hire for a company in a corporate, professional, public, government or private setting.


Open to all youth participants to participate, outreach emphasis will be on minority youth. The Bessie Coleman Youth Drone Academy will prepare all participants starting at fifteen years of age to take and pass  the FAA’s initial aeronautical knowledge exam by the time they are sixteen years of age: "Unmanned Aircraft General – Small ( UAG )”.


Younger youth will be exposed to and learn the same knowledge as their older counterparts for drone leisure use.

For more  information about this academy and how you can enroll.

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For S.T.E.M., youth participants will learn the elements for designing of a drone, function dictates form, engineering, and drone performance. They will learn the basics of building the drone and its components. They will also learn forecasts, and experimentation for flights and importantly real-world-problem-solving, and decision making. The physics of flight, aerodynamics, programming, and communications skills are also essential elements to the training.

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Younger youth will be exposed to and learn the same knowledge as their older counterparts for drone leisure use.

Youth will learn how to design their own tests to see how much weight a drone can lift and carry, the best route to deliver packages and much more.


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