Putting Advanced Drone Technology into the Hands of Teens

Students of the Early College Studies Program at Stamford High School (ECS@SHS) participate in a fun and engaging engineering contest. The program is organized and managed by Beyond Limits, a division of the Stamford Peace Youth Foundation, Inc. that provides highly subsidized peer-to-peer math and science tutoring and academic support for hundreds of 3rd – 12th grade students in the Stamford, Conn. area. Photo Courtesy of: Beyond Limits (contributed photo)

STAMFORD, CT – While most primary school students have been enjoying a relaxing summer break, a group of 50 incoming high school freshman in Stamford have already started working towards a technology-focused college degree through the Beyond Limits Summer Scholars Program, a component of the Early College Studies Program at Stamford High School (ECS@SHS) that teaches students essential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills for future career success. Aquiline Drones (AD), a national-leading, Connecticut-based manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and cloud solutions provider for commercial drone missions, will host a session of the Scholars Program on Thurs., Aug. 19 from 9:30 to 10:30am at Mill River Park in Stamford with live drone demonstrations and presentations from engineers and pilots.

This is the fifth year of the week-long summer program, which is organized and managed by Beyond Limits, a division of the Stamford Peace Youth Foundation, Inc. with assistance from NOYCE Scholar Students at Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education.

“Anytime there is an opportunity for students to develop their personal skill sets, while also establishing connections with peers through team building, project-based learning, and STEM activities, you start school on the right path. Students feel comfortable and most importantly confident when entering our building for the first time,” said Matt Forker, Principal at Stamford High School. “We have been very fortunate through our partnership with Beyond Limits to give our students these key ingredients to have success at Stamford High.”

“While we often hear how our collaboration with the ECS@SHS program has positively impacted students and families, it’s extremely rewarding to witness firsthand the growth of these young, bright minds in just one week’s timeframe,” adds Andrew Sklover, Co-Founder of Beyond Limits Academic Program.

During the Aug. 16-19, 2021 session, program participants will be immersed in a variety of enriching activities, including:

utilizing coding, 3-D digital modeling, and other tech tools as part of a “Shark Tank” model to create a real-world solution to current problems
academic skills workshops, leadership and team-building activities focused on emotional and social well-being; and an interactive presentation by Aquiline Drones representatives on Thurs., Aug. 19 from 9:30 to 10:30am during which students will learn about evolving drone technology, experience several drone demonstrations and discuss the current and future applications of this burgeoning sector of the economy.

“From everyday package to vital human organ and tissue delivery, drones are quickly becoming the primary transportation vehicle of the future in the red-hot UAV sector, which is expected to double to more than $42 billion by 2025,” said Barry Alexander, Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones. “We’re excited and honored to share our in-depth, industry knowledge with these 9th graders in this engaging forum as they truly are the future leaders of America.

About Aquiline Drones

Aquiline Drones is the leading American drone company founded by highly experienced aviators, systems engineers, and IT gurus. With a customer-centric model, US-based manufacturing, and world-class MRO services, the company offers innovative ways of using drones in commercial activities. Supported by a dedicated UAV cloud, autonomous drone operations with real-time control, and dynamic on-field decision-making capabilities, Aquiline Drones’ full-spectrum of technological solutions provide increased applicability across countless industries and environments by delivering real-time data insights. Aerospace-compliant processes for software, hardware manufacturing, and systems integration, along with best-in-class mission capabilities, are being planned and designed. The company continues to forge relationships with federal, state, and private organizations, developing and collaboratively launching new drone applications. Visit www.AquilineDrones.com for more information and follow all exciting company news and updates on AD’s social platforms.

About Beyond Limits Academic Program

The Beyond Limits Academic Program (Beyond Limits) launched operations in 2013 as a program of Stamford Peace Youth Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2008. Today, Beyond Limits provides highly subsidized peer-to-peer math and science tutoring and academic support for more than 200 3rd – 12th grade students in the Stamford, CT area. Beyond Limits addresses the academic opportunity gap by leveling the playing field for Stamford community’s economically disadvantaged and under-served students with year-round, high-quality, subsidized tutoring, enrichment programming, academic advocacy and mentoring. For more information, visit @blprogram on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or www.stamfordpeaceyouthfoundation.org.

About Stamford Public Schools

SPS comprises more than 16,000 students, over 1,500 professionals, and 21 schools with a total of three high schools. The mission of SPS is to prepare each and every student for higher education and success in the 21st century. SPS is proud that its district is as rich in diversity as it is in talent. Students come from many cultural backgrounds and geographic locations—as demonstrated by the more than 65 different languages spoken in the homes of its families. SPS offers students a learning experience rich in cultural diversity and reflective of the global society in which they will work and live.

Now welcoming its fifth incoming class, the Early College Studies (ECS) program will graduate its first group of students in June 2021. Students in ECS pursue an Associate Degree in computer science through Norwalk Community College while simultaneously attending Stamford High School. Students take workplace learning classes in high school and are provided.

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