Engineering A Driverless Future & The Autonomous Flight of Drones - online!

Flight Control

***Advanced Students in Years 12 and 13 should attend our course on Flight Control System Design ***

 

Our series of workshops on “Engineering a Driverless Future” and “The Autonomous Flight of Drones” are a response to the need to address the global shortage of Engineers familiar with computer vision and deep learning - at a time when the autonomous car industry is growing rapidly. 
 

The workshops offer students an excellent introduction to Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Control Theory, Advanced Robotics, Computer Vision and Machine Learning.  
 

As well as being hands-on they also offer great preparation for admissions interviews and tests via our introductory brainteasers opening every workshop. Our primary aim is to help students see the practical application of curriculum content. 
 

During these unprecedented times and at the request of parents, we have decided to offer our series of workshops on “The Autonomous Flight of Drones” entirely online. Maintaining the practical element, students will receive a package with all the kit required for course participation. The cost of the kit (£200) will be refunded once returned to us after the course in good order. 

 

The course will first run the week of May 25-29 and then on various dates over the summer. Please select the relevant tab below for more information. The course will also run on weekends during the second half of summer term.
 

We recommend that advanced students in Years 12 and 13 attend our course on “Flight Control System Design”.

 

We’d like to thank our supporting schools for promoting our courses to parents. Thanks to them we can offer the course over the summer holidays - many of you have come to this page through a link on a VLE or through an online newsletter. 
 

We are pleased to announce that this series of workshops will run as both a Junior Course (for students aged 9-13) and as an Advanced Course (14+).  Students will be assigned to the appropriate course on registration. 

 

Apart from the satisfaction of building their own drone and understanding each element of what makes a drone fly, students will have the opportunity to learn how to pilot the drone manually and then have the drone complete the same tasks autonomously by coding. 
 

Junior students will end the course flying the drones to complete a variety of obstacle courses and a race - both manually and autonomously. Advanced Students will ultimately have the opportunity to code the drone to track and follow a target (them!) as an introduction to computer vision!

 

£400*/£250**/SR 1100***
Important notice! - Some schools have only just made parents aware of the running of this course. Places for the full course (with drone build) over May Half Term are now full. Parents are advised to sign up to the weekend option during term time or the summer holiday sessions. Limited places are available. Don’t leave it too late!

 

*Full Course option. An additional £200 will be required on booking your place if you’d like to take out a drone on loan for the duration of the course. To build, manually fly and code. This will be refunded provided the drone is returned to us in good order on completion of the course. This option is not available to those in countries where drones can’t be imported. 
 

**Short Course + Competition: please select the appropriate tab** 

 

​​*** KSA Student Course: please select the appropriate tab for details***


By clicking on “Book Now” you will be taken to a page where you can select the relevant registration form. 
 

Got a question? - then contact us here: info@isteamnextgen.com

There may be slight changes to the times proposed here but in such cases you will be given good notice.

Term time: 

Students may opt to attend the course weekly on Saturdays or Sundays during term time. Each session with last 3 hours over 5 weekends from June 6th - July 5th.

Holidays: 

Students taking the Full course: 5 x 3hrs; Daily Monday to Friday 9am - 12pm  UK time or 1pm-4pm. Online via Zoom. 
 

Students taking the Short Course + Competition:  3 x 3hrs, 3 days only; 9am - 12pm  UK time or 1 - 4pm. Online via Zoom. 

 

Places will be offered on a first come first serve basis. We have a limited number of drones and although we are happy to order more from our suppliers, we need to allow for longer delivery times. Whether you wish to book on to the Full Course or the Short Course we advise that you book your places ASAP and that payments be made at least 4 weeks in advance of your chosen course dates.

For those wishing to attend the Full Course, we can’t supply you with a drone unless you adhere to the advice above. Late applicants will be advised to join the Short Course + Competition - provided places are left. We have a limited number of drones on site and can’t order more without sufficient notice. 

 

Students attending the short course enjoy all the benefits of the full course with the exclusion of having a drone to physically build and manually pilot. Instead they remotely code our drones to compete in a series of live challenges on site in our competition field. 
 

There are no prerequisites! 


The advanced course is suitable for students 14 years and over. Our Junior course is suitable for students aged 9-13. 

The key distinction between Junior and Advanced is that the coding for Juniors doesn’t go beyond the Junior level of the TCS Oxford Computing Challenge and does not include computer vision algorithms running on the drones. The Advanced Course begins at TCSOCC Intermediate level and includes editing our custom made computer vision based algorithms. 

 

We will configure student laptops for coding their drones in Python remotely ahead of the start date - this is necessary only for students in the 14+ category. 
 

Students in the 14+ category may be unsupervised for the duration of the course but we recommend that parents give the go ahead before the Minidrones are flown indoors. We cover safety before any flying is done.Further, while students in the 9-13 category may build the drone unsupervised, we require that an adult be on hand before any flying of the Minidrones indoors.  

 

Term Time (June 6th - July 5th): 

Course begins on June 6th and runs each weekend in 3 hour sessions until July 5th. Students may attend on a Saturday or a Sunday.

Holiday Sessions:

May 25 - 29

July 6 - 10

July 13 - 17

July  20 - 24 

July 27 - 31 

*August 4 - 8

*August 10 - 14

*August 17 - 21

*August 24 - 28

*September 1- 5

 

*We will endeavour to deliver these courses in person at our regular venue hire subject to the U.K. government’s handling of the reopening of society. You are however signing up to an ONLINE course in selecting these dates and it is our obligation to deliver just that. The health of our students and teachers will be our main consideration in deciding whether to run courses in person. We reserve the right to run all these courses in an ONLINE format and the final decision rests with us. 

*** Available Dates and Times are listed on our Booking Forms here ***


Note: We are offering sessions over May Half Term*. Select the relevant Booking Form to join!
 

*Currently we are doing our very best to accommodate last minute interest for May Half term, specifically May 25-28. However, failure to confirm places by Monday 18th May will result in disappointment and you will be advised to join our next available course dates in June.
 

Cost: SR 1100 (or SR 700 for early birds!)

 

Got a question? - then contact us here: info@isteamnextgen.com

 

Due to restrictions on the import of Minidrones into KSA we have amended the course for KSA students. 
 

While students cannot construct their own drone for coding, they will cover all maths and science of drone design and will code their drones to run in a competition here. They will remotely code drones here from their homes, to undertake a Drone Racing Competition and Payload Delivery challenge. Primarily the course is one on coding, but we like students to be able to put it into practice. Nothing beats a fast paced drone challenge! 
 

We set up various race courses and obstacle courses here for students to compete with each other coding their drones remotely from home. 
 

The academic content is the same as the standard course for those outside KSA with the exception that they will not physically build or have a drone in their hands. They will instead code their drones to complete the same tasks autonomously remotely from home. We can accept bookings in groups of up to 16 in any one session. 

 

If you wish to join in the fun then click here and select the relevant form!

 

Additional Notes: Students may sign up to this course multiple times if they wish. The coding becomes more advanced in nature as we cover computer vision and machine learning. As a result, the tasks and challenges become increasingly complex. Ultimately students may code drones to take in visual information and using machine learning techniques, the drone can determine the best course of action - such as identify and track a target or evade identified objects.
 

We will also offer returning students the possibility to develop games and websites with Python - for those that want to see Python practically applied in areas other than robotics. 

Why do Drones look the way they do? - drone build and physics of flight 

Pilot your drone - obstacle course, race, package delivery 

Python: A Quick Start Guide 

Practical Python: Making it fly autonomously!

Main Competition 

An Overview of Flight Controller Design*

Computer Vision and Vision Based Control (with Python)* 

Advanced Drone Competition with computer vision algorithms*

 

*For advanced students only 

Note: Our May 25-28 half term slot from 1-3.30pm (U.K.) is our last remaining slot. Please contact us directly if you wish to join!

Got a question? - then contact us here: info@isteamnextgen.com

 

​​*** Students signing up to June/July sessions by May 23rd pay £175 ***

 

Due to the popularity of our short course for KSA students - where they can code our drones remotely to fly in our competition field in a live online competition - we have extended this possibility to all students.

Students attending the full course participiate in the same competition anyway, but in KSA where drones cannot be imported this alternative provision is imperative. Furthermore, we are sure that the option to take part in an Autonomous Drone Challenge without having a Minidrone flying indoors, would be welcomed!

Content is reduced to cover just the essential knowledge and coding skills required to participate in the competition. 

This short course runs 3 days per week, 3 hours daily in a morning or afternoon session. Cost of £250. 

If you’d like to participate, click “Book Now” and select the appropriate form. 
 

Note 1: Selecting this option does not involve the delivery or building of a drone. Students will code our drones from home and run their code on our drones in our competition field in the live challenges. 
 

Note 2: Students may sign up to this course multiple times if they wish. The coding becomes more advanced in nature as we cover computer vision and machine learning. As a result, the tasks and challenges become increasingly complex. Ultimately students may code drones to take in visual information and using machine learning techniques, the drone can determine the best course of action - such as identify and track a target or evade identified objects. 
 

We will also offer returning students the possibility to develop games and websites with Python - for those that want to see Python practically applied in areas other than robotics.