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Drone Racing Team

Fall Season Kick-Off: Monday, 4 October, 6-8pm at Holy Angels

 

ADVISOR: Grul (peter.grul@mpls.k12.mn.us)

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WHAT?  
We race drones both in real life (IRL) and virtually (using the Velocidrone simulator). Pilots fly Tiny Whoops through hoops, gates, and tunnels, either individually as a time trial or in direct simultaneous competition with other pilots. While flying they wear goggles that show a first-person-view (FPV) provided by a camera mounted on the drone.

Two news articles featuring several Washburn student drone racers:
https://www.kare11.com/article/sports/drone-racing-goes-virtual/89-630496f6-b9f3-463f-848c-ddb2373f733e
https://www.americaninno.com/minne/twin-cities-startup/high-school-drone-racing-might-be-the-only-sport-thats-not-canceled/

Shout out to our racing mentor, a Washburn alumnus, Bryan “Pegasus” Bennett, and our sponsors – the Miller Mart and MinneAnalytics!

WHEN?  
IRL Drone Racing is a spring sport at Washburn, but fall options exist also. We usually meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

WHERE?  
We race in the Youth Drone Sports Championship (YDSC), part of the HydraFPV Drone Racing League. This is an evolving league and competition venues are TBD right now. In past seasons they have been held at local participating schools, including Washburn.

 

2020-21 Season

The 2021 season is complete! We tied for 5th among 13 teams in the MN State Championship. All our races this season were individual time trials held at either Washburn or RdyTechGo at the Mall of America.

 

2019-20 Season

Racing went virtual in mid-March using Velocidrone.

Washburn 10th grade rookie drone racers Mac “Big Mac” Hearn and Graham “FiZyxZ” Adleman won the AA teams bracket at the MN State High School Drone Racing Championship on 17 May 2020. They advanced to the AAA teams bracket, shown live on Fox Sports North, and posted their best times yet against some stiff veteran pilot competition.

Watch the races here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=247231759941876&ref=watch_permalink   (Washburn’s first race is at 31:00