Cape students get a taste of drone racing

Drone racing technology was one of the featured activities at the second Annual Mini Maker Faire.

A drone used by UAV Industries for training purposes. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Drone racing technology was one of the featured activities at the second Annual Mini Maker Faire in Observatory this weekend.

Industry experts have welcomed the fact that youngsters have been further exposed to this kind technology during the three-day long fair.

Drone racing enthusiasts had the opportunity to engage the technological craze during the event held at the Cape Town Science Centre.

Drone Racing League Africa has rolled out a comprehensive educational project to teach youngsters the finer art of drone flying.

Operations manager Braam Botha says apart from its entertainment aspect, droning also has significant safety applications.

"The applications can be used for is tremendous traffic management, neighbourhood watches, agriculture and mining. There's so many different things it can be used for. In most cases, it eliminates humans who are physically involved in those situations."

Botha adds that briefing students on laws governing drone flying in the country forms an integral part of this project.