Upcoming Drone Challenge Events, Registrations, & Competitions Page

(updated June 12, 2022)


Wyoming 2023 State STEAM Drone Challenge Championships (Northwest College, Yellowstone Conference Center, Powell, WY), February 28, 2023


SkillsUSA Drone Precision Flight & Videography Competitions (Casper College Campus), Tuesday, April 25, 2023 (precision flight, knowledge, and videography competition events). SkillsUSA organizational entry fee & membership required https://www.skillsusawyoming.org/state-leadership-and-skills-conference/


Wyoming Science Olympiad Drone Obstacle Course Racing Challenge (Casper College campus), April 1 or 15, 2023, Event Information: Detailed information is distributed to registered WY Science Olympiad middle & high school coaches upon payment of nominal entry fee. Entries from qualified entrants (B&C-levels) must be paid & registered online by March 1, 2023 at: https://www.caspercollege.edu/events/science-olympiad/ and download the drone racing rules & guidelines here.


Big Horn Basin Drone Challenge Cup (Northwest College, Yellowstone Conference Center, Powell, WY), February 25, 2023Event Information & Registration Forthcoming. Events sponsored by the NASA/Wyoming Space Grant Consortium include obstacle course racing, knowledge testing, and drone film making. Upload your “Wyoming Lives” themed Drone Film at least 48 hour prior. Volunteers are also needed. All K-12, technical college, community college, & university students are welcome to attend & compete, regardless of skill & experience levels, and all paid registrants receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. Registration Form is Here.


Casper College Drone Challenge Cup (Casper College, Liesinger Hall (LH) Gymnasium, Casper, WY), January 28, 2023. Event Information & Registration Forthcoming. Events include obstacle course racing and knowledge testing. Volunteers are also needed. All K-12, technical college, community college, & university students are welcome to attend & compete, regardless of skill & experience levels, and all paid registrants receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. Registration Form is Here.


EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Ingenuity Educator Drone Pilot Certification Workshop (University of Wyoming campus, Laramie, WY), August 2-4, 2022. In this 16-hour workshop generously sponsored by the WDE Wyoming Department of Education, running from noon 8/2/22 until noon 8/4/22, this workshop focuses on helping educators prepare for FAA Drone Pilot (TRUST & Part 107) certification tests as well as helping educators better support students pursuing non-traditional careers–such as being a professional, commercial drone pilot! Educators’ Registration Link is Here.


2021/2022 STEAM Drone Challenge Championship Season

Wyoming 2022 State STEAM Drone Challenge Championships (Clear Creek Middle School, Buffalo, WY), June 11, 2022This year’s competitive events include timed obstacle course racing, drone-film festival, computer coding for autonomous flight, virtual VelociDrone racing, and knowledge competition. K-12 and college students can compete in one or all categories!


Wyoming Girls School Drone Flight School (Sheridan, WY) June 13-17, 2022. Closed event, open registration not available.


Area59 Drone Race Competition (Gillette College Campus Pronghorn Center, Gillette, WY), April 16, 2022.  930am-330pm; all ages of pilots & spectators welcome. Feel free to bring your own drone WITH propeller guards for indoor events. No experience necessary. Event co-sponsored by the University of Wyoming.


SkillsUSA 2022 WY Drone Precision Flight Challenge (Casper College campus, Casper, Wyoming) April 12, 2022, SkillsUSA organizational entry fee & membership required https://www.skillsusawyoming.org/state-leadership-and-skills-conference/


Wyoming Science Olympiad Drone Obstacle Course Racing Challenge (Casper College campus), April 9, 2022, Event Information: Detailed information is distributed to registered WY Science Olympiad coaches upon payment of nominal entry fee. Entries from qualified entrants (B&C-levels) must be paid & registered online by March 1, 2022 at: https://www.caspercollege.edu/events/science-olympiad/ and download the drone racing rules & guidelines here.


Big Horn Basin STEAM Drone Challenge Competition Festival (Powell High School, Powell, WY), Saturday, January 29, 2022 (racing, precision flying, virtual racing computer coding, film making, knowledge testing events) Register online [& upload your drone’s video] [sign up to volunteer]. The 2022 competitive events include timed obstacle course racing, drone-film festival, precision flight mission challenges, computer coding for autonomous flight, virtual VelociDrone racing, and knowledge competition. K-12 and college students can compete in one or all categories!


Area59 Drone Teacher/Educator Workshop at Gillette College (Gillette, WY), November 6, 2021 (9am-430pm, lunch & PTSB CEUs included).


Teacher Workshop:  Using Drones to Teach Integrated STEAM, STEAM Ahead Conference, Casper College (Casper, WY), October 1, 2021 (10:45am – 1:50pm, lunch included).


WyoTech Drone STEAM Drone Challenge Competition Festival (WyoTech campus, Laramie, WY), Saturday, September 25, 2021 (racing, precision flying, computer coding, film making, knowledge testing events)


Area59 Drone Racing Challenge (for Middle School Students), Gillette College Campus (Gillette, WY), August 20, 2021. 


Middle School Student Drone Flying Boot Camp (Gillette College, Gillette, WY), June 28-July 2, 2021 & Aug 2-6, 2021  https://area-59.com/summercamp


Computer Science Teacher Professional Development Workshop – Computer Coding with Drones (NW Wyoming College, Powell, WY), June 19-20, 2021. 


Teaching with Drones WithOUT Drones: Teaching STEAM Concepts with Drones in Your Classroom When You Don’t Have Drones (2-afternoon, Virtual Workshop, Online), June 23 & 24, 2021, 145pm – 445pm Pacific Time via desktop video teleconferencing. Hosted by Pre-College Engineering Education division of the American Society of Engineering Education, the Noyce Scholars and the University of Wyoming.


Wyoming Girls School – Let’s Fly Drones Program (WGS, Sheridan, WY), June 21-25, 2020 (program full, enrollment is closed)


Area59 Middle School Student Drone Flying Boot Camp (Gillette College, Gillette, WY), June 28-July 2, 2021 & Aug 2-6, 2021  https://area-59.com/summercamp


Teaching STEAM with Drones Professional Development Workshop – Let’s Fly 2-Day Introductory Workshop (Powell High School, Powell, WY), June 17-18, 2021


WACTE Wyoming Association for Career & Technical Education Pre-Conference Professional Development Leadership Workshop and Conference Presentation, (Buffalo, WY) June 14-15, 2021


Teaching STEAM with Drones Professional Development Workshop – Let’s Fly Workshop (Gillette College, Gillette, WY), at Area59 & Gillette College (Gillette, WY), April 18, 2021


Drone Precision Flying Competition at the Wyoming SkillsUSA Competition (Casper College campus), April 16, 2021


Drone Obstacle Course Racing at the Wyoming Science Olympiad (Casper College campus), April 10, 2021


Cowboy Classic Drone Film Festival at the University of Wyoming, March 23, 2021    Entries from qualified K-12 student entrants must be uploaded online according to published guidelines by February 28, 2021.


Online Professional Development Workshops for Teachers – Teaching STEAM with Drones, Available starting next year (information forthcoming; signup for more information through our email list at www.drone-challenges.org)


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