Quadcopter Workshop


Over the last 4 weeks in Canberra (Australia) I've been a running a build-and-fly-your-own-quadcopter workshop, based on the APM.

We had a dozen excited people attend the workshop and all were successfully able to build their quadcopters. The flying lessons were mostly successful - we only had a 25% crash rate (mostly broken arms, easily replaced).

Full documentation for the workshop is available at https://canberrauav.readthedocs.org/en/latest/lessons/quadcopter-workshop.html if others in the community want to run their own workshops, which I definitely encourage!

It's a great way to promote civilian usage and education of multicopters/drones. I've also found these workshops to be massively popular. I only had 12 spots available in this workshop, all of which filled up within 48 hours. I think this demonstrates the massive interest in multicopters.

Finally, a time lapse video of one of the workshop sessions:

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  • Hi Richard,

    The extent of my advertising was this message to my local hackerspace's mailing list:


    To be fair, I (and a few others) had been showing off and demonstrating the quadcopters at hackerspace meetups in the months before this. I found it's an effective way of building up interest.

    No fancy flyers unfortunately :(

  • T3

    Hi Stephen,

    Been trying to hookup with a local university to put on a workshop here is South Florida.  Did you have a flyer that you used to advertize?  Can I get a copy?


  • Rob - I advertised it through our local hackerspace's (Make Hack Void) mailing list.

  • Hi Stephen,  How did you advertise for the workshop ?

    Regards Rob

  • Richard - we did 7pm to 11pm. One night per week for 4 weeks.

  • T3
    4 hours that's a long time. What time did you start and end?
  • Richard - each evening class went for 4 hours. We held them at Make Hack Void - a hackerspace in Canberra. I'd suspect a university electronics lab would work just as well. As long as you've got a place with lots of benches and tools, you should be good.

  • T3

    Very cool.  How long was each nights class?  Also, where did you hold the clasess?

  • What a great idea!
  • Thanks Kevin :)

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