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Build a drone, my son’s science project

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It doesn’t seem that this is the same creature that a few years ago surprised me with its great methane gas stove.

Time passes faster than it seems. At least it can be seen in my gray hair and the evolution of his questions:

Instead of asking for a new mobile phone game, he asked me a license for Sony Vegas. I liked that he does not like piracy.

His will for manufacturing an own drone, has seemed me more than interesting.

Convince his teacher was the first challenge, when she said that some students dreamed with projects that not only looked expensive, but may come out fantastic. My son thought it was not malice, but a slight misunderstanding. Especially when he explained her that materials would be bought with his the Youtube Channel earnings, via PayPal.

So that overcome the project involved to explain in edible words what is PayPal, AdSense, Crowfunding and other words that were not in its dictionary.

1. The materials for the drone.

Nowadays this is not difficult. Just bought on the Internet and they are sent to a postal box in Miami so that in less than two weeks there are at your house door.

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Four engines, four propellers, four frames, a motherboard, a Lipo battery, 4 propellers controllers, and 4 cables to connect the radio with the card.

2. The assembly.

The day was more than educational, as we had to learn how to use screwdrivers, magnetise their tip on a speaker, learn how to cut wires, using iron soldering and test its heat with salivated toe.

At the same time it was necessary giving them body expression classes and how to defend a complicated topic in practical terms.

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Give the first burnt nails was also included.

build your drone

build your drone

3. The electronic

The hardest thing was to take care for not touching the plate in order to prevent a damage with pure static. Programming the remote was relatively easy but setting up propellers took time… the night came.

build your drone

build your drone

4. Part of the job.

Half day arrived and we realized that we needed a few connectors, electrical tape and something to set the screws because of the vibration. First trip to the hardware store and buy something for lunch, because there is nothing in the kitchen in mothers’ day.

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The damn male to male JR wires were not in the materials list. We had to juggle so as to get them. Also the programming card that came from outside of the United States, so it was due another request via DHL, someday will come the other from China.

build your drone

When not everything worked, they had to bit nails searching on the Internet. Either way.

build your drone

And in despair, ask someone by Skype, a shame that the webcam resolution was so bad…

build your drone

In their goals, an architect and two systems engineers.

build your drone

We upload some pictures on Facebook, and they already have an offer to film aerial shots.

Although they still need to defend the project in the classroom, to achieve that it rises unless 50 cm and convince the teacher that applied physical laws are as valuable as the shown tenacity, are reasons to select them so as to have a stand at the fair.

Also I have to convince him to edit the process video that we recorded, putting a Guns n’ Roses touch as background and enjoy uploading it for free to the Geofumadas Youtube Channel.

Not bad for being his first drone. There I tell you

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