STEM Aerial Robotics (UAV) Exploring Clubs

STEM Aerial Robotics (UAV) Exploring Clubs

Learn about how to set up a Club, Post or Crew to design and build Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) including quad copters. Click on the national FOX & Friends news coverage to learn more about the program.

CLICK HERE for the national Fox & Friends Story on the STEM Aviation Robotics Exploring Program.

STEM Clubs or Aerial Robotics Exploring was founded in the spring of 2013 through a collaborative effort between the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 579, a PhD engineer from Cabot Microsystems, the Chief Innovation Officer from the Illinois Math and Science Academy, the curriculum task force, the Shedd Aquarium and Mad Labs a local manufacturer of quadcopters. The program aims to inspire young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math through aviation robotics. The first Exploring STEM Aerial Robotics Exploring Club & Post 579 is based in Aurora, IL and is under the 501 (c ) (3) not-for-profit umbrella of the National Exploring program located in Irving, TX.

Aerial Robotics Exploring is a college and career readiness program with a mission to engage youth in 6th through 12th grade in an exciting mentor and leadership based program to develop “hands-on” STEM aviation robotic skills that inspires innovation, and fosters self-confidence, leadership experience, social networks, team building, and life skills.

Exploring participants learn aerodynamics, theory of flight, propulsion, design, strength of materials, navigation, robotics, telemetry, and more with a focus of “hands-on” career experience. Working in teams of 4 or 5 Exploring participants design and build quadcopters while mentors inspire and guide the theories and skills of aviation, flying, and utilization of STEM applications.
You can start your own Exploring UAV Club or Post

Or Join an existing Club or Post
Each Aerial Exploring Club or Post (young women and men in 6th through 12th grades) consists of 25 to 30 members working in teams of four or five to design and build Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) including quadcopters.

The new start-up has received interest to develop 10 to 15 more Exploring STEM Aviation Robotics Clubs in urban and metro Chicago, and they are currently searching for financial support from companies to aide in funding the cost of the equipment, building materials, and other program costs.

For more information on the organizations, visit:
Check out Exploring Post 579 or on

For more information contact Nancy Elder at or call

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