JMU students to present drones that address landmines, pollution and more
Drones designed and built by students to address a range of issues, from monitoring air pollution to detecting and disposing of landmines, will be presented 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Lakeview Hall at James Madison University.
The students worked in interdisciplinary teams through the fall semester to design their projects, receiving assistance from faculty representing physics; biology; industrial design; and writing, rhetoric and technical communication. Also teaching the class were entrepreneurs from NOVALabs, a volunteer-run makerspace in Reston, who interacted with the class via telepresence robots.
The 42 students in the class, called The JMU Drone Project, represented seven majors and worked in teams of six to design attachments for drones built by another group of JMU students during the spring 2015 semester.
The class was taught in the new maker space at Lakeview Hall, formerly the WVPT building at the Port Republic Road entrance to campus, and was sponsored by 4-VA, a statewide initiative dedicated to fostering collaboration among Virginia universities.
The event is free and open to the public. The maker space will be open during the event for those interested in learning more about makerspace technology.