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On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven teams of high school students from four states will compete in the Mountain Home High School NJROTC’s drone competition “Droneageddon” in the MHHS gymnasium.
The teams – who represent six different high schools – will compete in five events with drones: slalom, relay, lap, obstacle course, and a surprise event.
The MHHS cadets are looking forward to this event, which will bring together acquaintances and friends from other schools and will give students the opportunity to meet new people as well. MHHS student Cadet Ensign Amick said he is excited about seeing a friendly competition between the units.
During this event, an Explosive Disposal Team and two drones from the Army will be present as a way to showcase Army STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs.
MHHS NJROTC instructor Chief Jason Williams said the use of drones will continue to become more prominent in the future, which makes it a great field for students to study and practice. “We’ve yet to reach a ceiling with what drones will be able to do in our future,” he said. “From newly-established medicine delivery systems, to Amazon delivery, to search and rescue, to military applications, the future of dones is yet to be defined. Our Cadets are on the forefront of learning this trade and application.”
Spectators may attend the event, and there is no cost to enter. Lunch specials will be sold for $5 each. For more information, email Chief Williams at [email protected].