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Aerospace 101: Computer Aided Design & Drone Building

Time limit: 5 days


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DATE: May 6, May 13, May 20, May 29, & June 3

TIME: 4 pm - 8 pm

LOCATION: Everett SPEEA Union Hall (2414 106th St. SW, Everett, WA 98204)

This course is taught in FIVE 4-HOUR SESSIONS (4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) on Monday May 6, May 13, May 20, Wednesday May 29, & Monday June 3. You are siging up to attend ALL sessions.

Class size is limited to 25 people.

There will be breaks throughout the session.

STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO BRING A Windows or Mac computer. This must be a personal computer and not one issued by your workplace.


This training WILL NOT be recorded.


Participants will learn:

In this course, participants will learn the end-to-end process of building and programming DIY drones. The course will begin with the basics, covering drone components including motors, controllers, and chassis parts. Participants will then learn the basics of Computer Aided Design (CAD) to design airfoils for flight, testing 3D printed designs. The course will culminate in a final project where the participants will build a complete drone from scratch and program its flight patterns. Participants will be taught how to fly their DIY drones.






AVELA offers underrepresented minority students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience developing and presenting STEM activities to K-14 students, which bolsters the technical and leadership skills of UW’s URM student body. Many K-14 schools and communities in the greater Seattle area lack access to STEM resources like physical hardware and technology, career mentorship from professional engineers, college application assistance, as well as awareness of free online opportunities that they can take advantage of. AVELA’s projects aim to build sustained partnerships with underserved K-14 schools and communities across Washington state to support a more equitable public education system. Undergraduate students in AVELA are mentored by graduate students, research professors, and industry allies, before they go on to mentor middle and high school students interested in STEM fields. Through this multi-tiered mentorship model, we aim to provide more K-14 students with opportunities to engage in hands-on STEM projects, and to discover new creative outlets that expose them to college and industry level tools and concepts. We currently have a network of 200 undergraduate and graduate students who receive our weekly text messages and emails, as well as an average of 50 students who show up to our weekly hybrid meetings.


During the 2022-2023 academic year (Fall/Winter/Spring), more than 90 different UW students from URM backgrounds participated in AVELA (37% male and 63% female/non-binary). AVELA members were able to teach, mentor, and tutor more than 1000 K-14 students in more than 35 classrooms and community centers (91% in-person and 9% virtual/hybrid) across Washington state. AVELA students have gone on to work at companies like Microsoft, NASA, Amazon, Boeing, IBM, Texas Instruments, Nvidia, and many others.  



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