Students at A.R. Johnson reaching new heights with drones

Published: Apr. 18, 2018 at 7:52 AM EDT
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Students at A.R. Johnson are reaching new heights with the help of some drones.

Senior Gregory Smith says, "I'd say the possibilities with drones are endless."

Its a brand new world for these students - the world of drones. Gregory is hoping to get into the Naval Academy. He hopes to study mechanical engineering. He says the drones are setting the perfect foundation for him, "Designing it and testing it and just going through that whole process - I think just helps."

Sophomore Kathrine Boone wants to be an aeronautical engineer one day. " You have to know what the many aspects are of the flying mechanisms. I would really like to apply those concepts to what I have learned with this drone experience," she says.

In March, the team competed in the first ever drone competition for high school students.

The school was able to get drones and afford the trip all thanks to donations from a company called Nutrien in Canada.

Their teacher Ben Forehand says, "We were actually the only drone team from outside of metro Atlanta to compete in this competition."

They competed in three different categories and did pretty well. Students like Kathrine say they're going for gold next year, "I like to win so I'd like to get first place."