UAS Camp for Girls

Leaders of an unmanned aircraft camp tailored toward young girls hope the lessons learned there will help the aspiring pilots with leadership skills, teamwork and more.

Sixty girls ages 8 to 12 got the chance this week at UND’s Robin Hall to learn how to fly unmanned aircraft during the first UAS Camp sponsored by the Women’s Fund in Grand Forks. Two five-day courses—each allowing 30 girls to attend—gave the attendees first-hand experience on operating small unmanned aircraft systems.

The classes were led by retired Air Force Lt. Col. Amanda Brandt and Lt. Col. Philip Brandt, who both will be assistant professors with the UND School of Aerospace. Amanda Brandt said she wanted to see more women in aviation and wondered if there was an opportunity to expose girls to the possibilities of those career fields.

Source: Grand Forks Herald