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International Youth Drone Competition


The 2017 International Youth Drone Competition Successfully held at the University of Toronto

The 2017 International Youth (age group: 9-17 years old)Drone Competition and Summer Camp program, co-hosted by the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) and the City of Markham, was successfully held at the University of Toronto between August 4th and 5th. It is perhaps the very first of its kind competition in Canada targeting youth focusing on drone technology and development. It is organized by the U of T’s Centre for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE), Longing Technology Inc.China, and Merit Education Inc. Canada. The international partner is Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen). The program is also supported by various organizations and individuals in Canada.

On August 4th, the opening ceremony took place at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). The event was attended by Mr. Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the City of Markham, the honorary co-chair of the competition, Professor Tom Coyle, Vice Dean of FASE and Dean Cristina Amon’s designate. Dean Amon also served as the honorary co-chair. Other guests from various supporting organizations, athletes, referees, and parents joined the ceremony. 

Mr. Scarpitti and Prof. Tom Coyle operated a drone to take off to officially launch the competition program

Mr. Scarpitti and Prof. Tom Coyle operated a drone to take off to officially launch the competition program

Professor Hugh Liu, Director of CARRE and the chair of the organizing committee, introduced the program. The program aims at promoting STEAM education, building characters, and inspiring youth. It also encourages international exchange. The program in Canada was announced on June 2nd at the Civic Centre, City of Markham. The final competition takes place on August 5th, at Varsity Arena, the University of Toronto. In addition, registered participants were given several trainings by the U of T’s graduate students and academic staff in July. All participants received a certificate of training, issued by FASE and CARRE, during the opening ceremony.

Professor Hugh Liu, Director of CARRE and the chair of the organizing committee, introduced the program. The program aims at promoting STEAM education, building characters, and inspiring youth. It also encourages international exchange. The program in Canada was announced on June 2nd at the Civic Centre, City of Markham. The final competition takes place on August 5th, at Varsity Arena, the University of Toronto. In addition, registered participants were given several trainings by the U of T’s graduate students and academic staff in July. All participants received a certificate of training, issued by FASE and CARRE, during the opening ceremony.