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story.lead_photo.caption Chandler Moree works on a drone at Texas A&M University-Texarkana in preparation for Saturday's demonstration event. The drone is one of four the university's branch of Industrial Electric and Electronics Engineers will fly Saturday at Spring Lake Park. Photo by Jennifer Middleton / Texarkana Gazette.

If you're interested in learning more about drones, Texas A&M University-Texarkana's engineering students will be at Spring Lake Park on Saturday demonstrating four they put together from kits.

Members from the Industrial Electric and Electronics Engineers will fly and test the drones at 4 p.m. and will also answer any and all questions about putting them together. Chick-fil-A is providing food for the event.

Ryan Lawing, TAMU-T's IEEE president, said, "We want it to make a connection between the students and the local community to bring more awareness to students trying to go above and beyond out there."

The group originally was going to do drone racing, but that fell through. Now, in demonstrating the drones to the public, engineering students will be able to talk about how they put them together and the software they use to program them.

"In putting the drones together, we had to solder them and used kits for the upper-level quad copters," Lawing said. "Students also learned more about physics and the software involved in it. The main point of the drones is we have more in-depth knowledge in building them and are focusing on voltage and current rather than just following instructions."

Students began putting them together in September and used simulation training before turning on the drone software. Once that was done, they fine-tuned the software and rearranged pieces to shave weight off and make them more aerodynamic.

"We are working on real-world projects," Lawing said. "With the STEM students also working on extracurricular activities, those are excellent skills they can present to an employer when they try to get a job."

 

(For more information about IEEE, go online to ieeetexarkana.com.)

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