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Learning takes flight during summer
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Nikolaus Heinen and Harshawn Singh display a before and after of a 250 size quadcopter at the Flight School 3-D workshop on Wednesday. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin

Harshawn Singh and Nikolaus Heinen are thankful for the Science Technology Engineering Mathematic Summer Camp of the Manteca Unified School District.
More to the point, the two Manteca High sophomores were able to use the week-long Flight School 3D to continue their work on getting the 250 size quadcopter built and off the ground.
“We should have it flying later today,’” said Singh on Wednesday.
A quadcopter is a homemade drone consisting of four small motors and propellers, controller, transmitter, power distribution cable and one lipo battery, to name a few.
During the regular school year, Singh and Heinen are students of MHS Math instructor Doug Obrigawitch. As freshmen, they were in his Computing with Robotics class.
“We used robotics to deliver cookies to our principal (Frank Gonzales),” Heinen said.
He and Singh are planning something similar come next school year, instead, delivering a pizza to Mr. Gonzales.
This third installment of the 2016 STEM Summer Camps provides the fundamentals of multi-rotor flight, design and piloting. The last one is the Astro Camp at MUSD’s Regional Environmental Studies Center building for seventh- through ninth-grade students.
According to Obrigawitch, students of the Flight School 3D – this first-ever workshop was made available to MUSD students entering eighth through 11th grades – had a chance to use the 3D printers and Replicator G software to construct their own mini-quadcopter.
“It’s best that they start off with something of small scale that will sting rather than cut (when it crashes),” he said.
 Singh added: “Flying the small drone can be hard to control.”
He and Heinen were already ahead of the class coming in having spent time constructing and building the brushless motor 250 racing copter this past school year.
They also looked at YouTube video for further assistance on this matter. “We looked forward to coming here this summer,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, Bob Krueger, Brad Garlets and Kevin Whitehouse have been helping out Obrigawitch out with the Summer Camp.
Along the way, they experienced some trial and error in the building and engineering of the quadcopters – they’re the same ones used in college courses, Obrigawitch noted.
“We’ll have to fly them tomorrow,” he said. “We took a step backwards (on the instructions).”
Overall, Obrigawitch was pleased with the Flight School 3D workshop. He’s even considering changing the name to Aerial Robotics for next year.

To contact reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail vrembulat@mantecabulletin.com.