Aerospace Robotics Competition

Aerospace Robotics Camp (ARC)

ARC will be virtual in 2021

This year's competition will be a virtual competition focusing on programming a drone through the help of DroneBlocks. Due to the current COVID situation, we have decided to shift ARC to a virtual format that will allow students to continue to participate in ARC activities without compromising their health. The competition is designed such that the students can collaborate virtually while taking part in aerospace-related activities. There are no separate regions in this year's competition, teams will compete with other teams across the nation! The competition format is the following:

  1. Autonomous: The UAV will be required to complete two autonomous missions: an aerobatics challenge and an autonomous mission challenge.
  2. Semi-Autonomous: Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel the semi-autonomous portion for the 2020/21 school year.
  3. Presentation: Teams will demonstrate their understanding of the UAV using core aerospace engineering principles. Creativity is encouraged in their design of the UAV and plan for completing the flight missions; this is where teams can showcase their work.

The competition will be centered around the use of the Tello drone. Teams are not required to purchase Tello drones; however, are highly encouraged. Teams that do not purchase the Tello drones will have an opportunity to test their code live in different sessions throughout the year. 


Registration is OPEN:

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There will be a $100 fee that will need to be paid before the registration. This will give teams full DroneBlocks access as well as fund the prize money and competition costs.

For schools that participated last year, please reach out to us for details on the entry fee.

We look forward to having teams participate! Please let us know if you have any questions! You can also find more information about this years competition here:

For more information about ARC please visit or contact Chris Reynolds by email at