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Insitu holds Fourth Annual RoboFlight Academy for 20 high school students

BINGEN, Wash., July 17, 2015 – Over the last week, Insitu hosted 20 high school students from around the Columbia River Gorge at its RoboFlight Academy, an aerial robotics summer program aiming to spark interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Throughout the week of July 13-17, the students learned the basics of building and flying Parrot AR.Drones, concluding with an attempt to fly over the Columbia River. Each of the four small unmanned quadcopters carried items specific to emergency response, including water purification tablets, matches, a cell phone, and a space blanket. Insitu’s RoboFlight Academy continues to provide students with opportunities to learn about robotics from a software and aeronautical design perspective through hands-on activities and interactions with Insitu engineers and more than 30 mentors and presenters from a variety of fields. The diversification of presenters offers students an awareness of various career opportunities throughout the Columbia River Gorge and beyond. Presenters included Boeing, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Federal Aviation Administration, Hood Tech, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Jeff O’Neil, president of Harvest Market.

Along with the basic principles of aerodynamics and unmanned aircraft fundamentals and programming, the students were also able to experiment with 3D printing through a partnership with Clark College.

“By inspiring young minds to pursue degrees in STEM education, we at Insitu believe we are not only passing on a benefit to the community, but also actively creating a pathway for talented individuals to follow to successful careers in the unmanned systems industry,” said Ryan M. Hartman, president and CEO of Insitu.

Insitu Inc., is an industry-leading provider of information for superior decision making. With offices in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, the company creates and supports unmanned systems and software technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and understanding sensor data. We proudly serve the diverse needs of our global customers in the military, commercial and civil industries. Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

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