Alamosa News | Drones and Cones helps Valley youth develop career skills
ALAMOSA- The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Luis Valley and Trinidad State College are proud to present Drones & Cones. This collaborative educational opportunity will introduce teenagers to drone use and how the technology has evolved in ways that continue to have a broad impact across a variety of industries.
This two-day event will be held on Friday, August 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Boys & Girls Club Alamosa at 1115 10th Street. Valley youth learn about drones, drone licenses, and career paths. The event concludes with drone flights on Saturday, August 27 from 9am to 12pm at the North River Road Pavilion.
Ice Cream Cones (the cones in our Drones & Cones!) are served at the Club on Friday, and breakfast burritos and drinks are served at the Pavilion on Saturday.
The development and use of drones has skyrocketed over the past decade, with applications ranging from real estate and wildlife photography to natural resource management, urban planning, infrastructure management, and emergency search and rescue. By providing Valley Gateway’s youth with drone piloting, licensing and professional awareness experiences, they expand their understanding of this growing field and their chances of success as 21st century professionals.
The average drone pilot salary in Colorado is $82,000 with an expected national growth rate of 51 percent nationally (100,000 new pilots needed). Annual salaries for drone pilots in the US typically range from $60,000 to $100,000.
Contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley at (719) 589-5252 for more information or to sign up for Drones & Cones. Valley youth are invited to attend one or both days of the event. Parents are invited to attend and watch.