Tioga Drone Camp Receives STEM Accreditation


On Saturday the Tioga Economic Development and Enel Green Power North America Drone Camp for Kids! event became the only STEM accredited event in the state of North Dakota and only a handful in the nation. This summer Tioga’s two-day event instructed 56 students grades 5th-12th AeroFleet One, MHA Energy, Neset Consulting, Lake Region College, University of Mary, 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 ND 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 nations oldest and most trusted organization accrediting programs and certifying teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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