RCBI to award drones to student teams

To engage more students in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is once again offering free drone kits to groups that agree to form aerial robotics teams and compete in West Virginia competitions.

Middle and high school students are eligible to apply for one of 17 CoDrone EDU kits. A parent, teacher or other coach should complete the brief questionnaire at www.mfg.marshall.edu/drone2022. Applications will be accepted through September or until all drones are awarded.

“These drones and the related competitions are both educational and entertaining, immersing students in STEM while also helping them build teamwork and problem-solving skills,” said Deacon Stone, who leads RCBI’s STEM education initiatives.

RCBI’s drone giveaway and student competitions are made possible through the financial support of the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium with assistance from NASA’s Katherine Johnson Independent Verification & Validation Education Resource Center, the West Virginia Robotics Alliance, Marshall University and dozens of committed volunteers.

In 2021, with support of the Space Grant Consortium, RCBI’s donations of robotics and drone kits benefitted more than 300 students, including more than 145 girls and other traditionally underrepresented groups and individuals.

For more information about the drone giveaway or any of RCBI’s STEM education initiatives, contact Stone at or 304.781.1659.

Other News

View All News

MAMC offers internal auditor, communications courses

The Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center has added two classes to the growing number of professional development courses it delivers through the Marshall Skills Exchange, the university’s new portal to provide on-demand access to in-demand training. ISO 9001: 2015...

read more

MAMC machinist, welding students honored for achievements

Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) career skills students earned nearly 150 degrees and certifications during the spring term that ended in May. Students were recognized for their individual achievements May 1 during a luncheon sponsored by Special Metals...

read more

MAMC helps Blenko preserve handcrafted legacy

Perhaps nothing says Blenko Glass Company like the iconic 384 Water Bottle, a favorite of collectors since production began during The Great Depression. With its dimpled sides and double spouts, the bottle is one of the most recognizable and desirable pieces of...

read more