ABC7 recognized two William J. “Pete” Knight High School students as ABC Cool Kids for taking first place at the 2016 UAV Challenge Airborne Delivery competition in Queensland, Australia. The competition challenged students from around the world to assemble and fly a UAV (or drone) to demonstrate its use to deliver medical aid.
Aimee Rodriguez and Edward Banuelos successfully flew their drone and dropped an EPI-pen in precise distance to a dummy “Outback Joe.” The pair spent countless hours before, during and after school, and through holidays and weekends, to practice and learn about how to work with drones.
“They are fantastic students, they are really involved and do a lot of service in the community,” said their teacher and advisor James Stockdale. “They put in a lot of hours with this program, they volunteer weekends and come in early mornings to help other students. “
Aimee and Edward participated in the challenge through Knight High School’s Digital Design and Engineering Academy, a four-year engineering career academy, that affords students the opportunity to learn and practice skills such as those necessary for the drone competition in the school’s state-of-the-art MakerSpace.
Students in the academy benefit from industry mentorships, internships and professional coaching within related learning opportunities and projects.
In addition to excelling academically, Aimee and Edward mentor younger students in the career academy.
“I just want to influence other students coming in, I want them to have this awesome opportunity we had, said Aimee.”
Both Aimee and Edward are looking forward to attending college next fall and pursuing degrees in the medical field.