About the Camp
July 11 to 15, 2022
Drop-off: 8:30 to 9 a.m.
Pick-up: 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: The camp will be held on St. Mary’s University campus in San Antonio, Texas.
Cost: $200 (non-refundable)
Pre-requisite: Some programming experience (any language) OR completion of a previous drone camp is required.
This is a one-week camp at St. Mary’s University, focusing on drone technologies and how to program drones. The camp is limited to 18 students and is taught by St. Mary’s University professors. Preference is given to students in the 11th and 12th grades; however, students in the 9th and 10th grades are encouraged to apply.
The camp will be hosted in the St. Mary’s University drone laboratory. Additionally, each camp will tour various technology laboratories around the St. Mary’s University campus. Students will meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an hour lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
Campers will learn about various topics related to drone technologies. This camp has a stronger focus on drone programming concepts. Students will program drones using Python and learn advanced concepts such as autonomous flying, computer vision, and ArUco markers identification. Consequently, students must have an intermediate computer background, and previous programming experience in any non-graphical language is required.
Alternatively, students who previously attended another St. Mary’s University Drone Camp have the background needed to participate in this camp. Any drone camp session from Summer 2021 and the “StMU Drone Tech Camp” offered June 27 – July 1, 2022, fulfills this requirement.
- Introduction to drone concepts
- Safe, legal, and ethical use of drones
- Drone applications and careers
- Introduction to drone operations and piloting (flying drones)
- Drone programming using Python
- Computer vision and marker identification using OpenCV
- Programming autonomous drone flights