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Students learn to fly without leaving the ground


Caleb Vierkant/ Wrangell Sentinel

Wrangell High School students Kiara Harrison (at the controls) and Terra Hoyt fly a drone over the water at City Park, part of a class presented simultaneously in several communities across Alaska on Saturday. In addition to the online instruction in operating drones, Brian Reggiani came to Wrangell from the University of Alaska Fairbanks to work with the students.

High school students reached new heights with a university Upward Bound program.

"We started out with some basic drones ... getting the basic mechanics down," said student Terra Hoyt. "Now we're doing these Mavic Minis and Mavic Pros that are kind of more on an intermediate level, and have things like camera footage and stuff like that."

Using small Tello drones in the high school gym, and later bigger Mavic drones, several Wrangell High School students spent their Saturday learning the basics of using drones. The class was organized by teacher Heather Howe, and lead by Brian Reggiani, of t...

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