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DRONE RACING TEAM

 

First meeting of 2023: Tuesday, 3 October, 3:15 in Room 120D!

 

ADVISOR: Mr. Grul (peter.grul@mpls.k12.mn.us), Room 120D

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 pilots wear goggles that show a first-person-view (FPV) provided by the 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?  
There are both fall and spring seasons. Pilots may choose one or both. State and National championships are held in late April and early May.

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.

 

2022-23 Season

We placed 1st in two-pilot teams in the MN State Championship held at Academy of Holy Angels (AHA), beating our friendly rivals AHA. 

 

2021-22 Season

We placed 2nd in two-pilot teams in the MN State Championship held at Academy of Holy Angels (AHA). AHA took 1st in teams.

 

2020-21 Season

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)

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