- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

TIOGA, N.D. (AP) - The northwestern North Dakota city of Tioga is set to host a drone camp for kids this summer.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1UXls6C ) reports the drone camp is the first stake in the city’s rebranding of itself as the “Energy and Innovation Capital of North Dakota.” The free, two-day event will be for up to 100 students in ninth through 12th grades at any school in the state.

The University of North Dakota’s Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems will back the event, with instruction help coming from the center’s director, Alan Palmer. Among the topics at the camp will be an introduction to drone technology, flight principles, and issues regarding safety and privacy.

Dennis Lindahl, Tioga’s economic development specialist, said there have been requests made for unmanned aerial vehicle and Air Force flyovers, and that officials have been invited to talk with kids participating in the camp.

Other events to go along with the camp are being put together by the community. They include film and music festivals and an art show.

Lindahl said drones will be bought for the camp by organizers, and they’ll then be made available to schools. There are also plans to buy a 3-D printer for the Tioga school.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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