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Drones on the USS Midway with Chris Anderson

“It’s not taking pilots out of planes. It’s putting propellers on smart phones.”

So says Chris Anderson, co-founder of 3D Robotics describing “Solo,” the world's first Smart Drone. Anderson was among a group of leading engineers in unmanned aerial vehicles gathered on the USS Midway to inspire San Diego students to consider careers in engineering and technology. Others on board included Mike Atwood and Darren Moe of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems who described the military missions of the “Predator” UAV; George Guerre of Northrop Grumman lead designer of the “Global Hawk” a drone as large as a commercial jetliner which is currently used for weather surveillance and humanitarian purposes, and, finally, Mike Veale of San Diego Zoo Safari Park who touched many in the audience by explaining how he plans to use drones to aid in the stopping of rhino and elephant poaching in Southern Africa. This event–second in the Series–was presented as part of the STEAM Leadership Series, created by Intellectual Capital and KidsEcoClub in partnership with the San Diego Unified School System.

San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten welcomes students to a program on drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles on the deck of the USS Midway Museum. This clip is an excerpt from “Drones on the USS Midway,” featuring leaders from 3D Robotics, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Northrop Grumman and more engaging with students interested in STEAM careers involving science, technology, engineering, arts and math.