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PA Cyber Charter School Graduates First Class of “Dronologists”

PA Cyber Charter class at the completion of the South Hills Discover Drones program.

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — Students of the PA Cyber Charter School recently completed their final two classes (classes #7 and #8) of their South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Discover Drones course.

Working with the instructor, Brandon McGee, and technical assistants, Jack Erickson and Liam Jones, the students were able to take off, fly, and land the RubiQ drone that they had spent the previous six weeks building. The RubiQ is a racing drone designed by PCS Edventures that requires active control at all stages of flight operations.

To better facilitate safe flying of the quadcopter, the students fly in "buddy-box" mode, which means that an instructor retains backup control of the aircraft via a cable link between the two controllers. The instructor can give control of the drone to the student pilot while retaining the option of instantly taking back control when necessary. In this way, all eight students piloted the aircraft successfully without a single mishap.

In preparation for flying the RubiQ quadcopter, the students were able to develop and hone their flying skills by using computer simulation software and by piloting indoor mini-drones.The mini-drones, called Tiny Whoops, use the same controllers and first-person-view goggles that are used to fly the RubiQ racers.

In addition to assembling and flying the RubiQ quadcopters, the students also completed the Dronology series of instructional videos, each followed by a short quiz. Dronology teaches the students about rules, requirements, and safety in remote aircraft operation. At graduation, each student received a Certified Dronologist certificate and a t-shirt.

Parents were also invited to attend the graduation festivities on the final evening of the class. One of the parents commented, "I know he really enjoyed the class. We'll be looking for other upcoming opportunities at South Hills."

Several photos in this article appear courtesy of the PA Cyber Charter School. View the entire photo album on Flickr.com.

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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.