The world of drones has arrived! All youth ages 12-16 are invited to discover drones and drone technology Saturday, February 9, 8:30 a.m. - Noon, at the Schenevus Central School, 159 Main St, Schenevus, NY.

The day will start with a “show & tell” exhibit of recreational and commercial drones. The “Forest Fury” mountain, a commercial 7-foot drone, and “Drop Copter” are just a few highlights! Youth will be introduced to aeronautics and safety before advancing to four hands-on sessions. The sessions will include the science of flying, a drone flight challenge, meeting drone pilots, exploring career opportunities, and operating a guided drone test flight. Presenting the sessions will be Don Zaengle, Unmanned Ariel Systems Instructor and FAA Drone Pilot; John Gustafson, sUAS Program Manager, Thew Associates, Commercial and FAA Drone Pilot; Doug Reilly, Director of the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center@ SUNY Oneonta and FAA Drone Pilot; Bob and Lisa Payne, Central New York Drones (CNY Drones), and students of the Schenevus Unmanned Ariel Systems program.

The event is FREE; but, youth must register to receive a “ticket”. Registration is limited to allow for the optimum hands-on experience. First come, first served. Note that youth must have a “ticket” to enter the event. Youth participants will be eligible to WIN a Syma, X5UW, 4 Channel, Quadcopter Drone!


4-H Drone Discovery Day is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Otsego County 4-H in partnership with the Schenevus Central School, A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, John Gustafson, Thew Associates, and CNY Drones.

4-H participation is open to all youth, regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender or disability. For more information on this event, visit our website at or call 607-547-2536 Ext. 0. Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties prior to a program.