Annual drone race to benefit STEM mentoring nonprofit

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A race for drones this upcoming weekend will benefit a local nonprofit that helps youth from low-income households learn skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The third annual Castle Hill Drone Race, which will take place Sunday at Castle Hill Cider, will benefit Computers4Kids.

The event is organized by Cville FPV and will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Drone racers from across Virginia will participate by piloting radio-controlled multi-rotor quadcopter dones through a series of obstacles, flags and gates.

They will use video goggles to see via a camera mounted on their drone, which allows them to navigate.

The racers are also invited to donate drone-building parts to C4K, which will be used by youth members will use to build drones with their mentors.

“This is the third year Castle Hill has hosted this event and we wanted to do something special by giving back,” said Owen Zanzal, the race organizer. “We love how C4K mentors inspire youth to learn about STEM careers by having fun and learning through hands-on projects. Drones are a fantastic way to access many aspects of STEM in an exhilarating way. We hope this event will inspire future drone builders and hope to see C4K youth racing in future events.”

The public is invited to attend the event and there will be a viewing station set up where people can watch the racers via video feeds.

Firefly on the Fly food truck will be there, and Castle Hill will donate ten percent of the day's proceeds to C4K.
In addition, CvilleFPV will give $5 from each pilot's registration fee to the nonprofit.

C4K has one-on-one and group mentoring programs that provide youth personalized mentoring on projects such as drone building, programming, game design, electrical engineering, robotics, audio and video production, 3-D modeling, and virtual reality.

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