Drone Camp
The Technology & Ethics of A.I. & Robotics
July 7-13, 2024


Students building a drone

Learn how to build, code, fly, and grapple with the ethics of drones. 

Join us for a stimulating week of building, programming, and flying drones, as well as working in small groups to discuss the ethical challenges that have emerged in AI and robotics. 

This camp, now in its third year, will advance skills in programming, engineering, and operating unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as reflecting upon and communicating the principles and values that govern drone use. This camp will take place on Saint Anselm College’s beautiful, safe campus with award winning dining, fun recreation, and new friendships.

Interested in drone technology? With professional guidance, you will…

  • Learn Python programming, which is the primary language used in machine learning and AI today.
  • Build and fly basic aerial drones.
  • Gain an understanding of machine learning and AI.

Interested in discussing ethics? During this camp, you will be part of an ethics circle where you will…

  • Learn about the ethical theories that govern our day-to-day actions.
  • Participate in an Ethics Lab discussion about AI and drones, facilitated by an expert in the field.
  • Compete in a dynamic and collaborative Ethics Bowl competition.

This camp is hosted by the Center for Ethics in Society, Saint Anselm College’s Computer Science Department, and STEM-ED 501(c)(3).

Who is this camp for?

Students participating in the annual Ethics Bowl program

This camp is designed to be accessible for any high school student who is interested in drone technology and ethics. All skill levels are welcome–no prior experience is required. 

Accommodations and Food

While at the camp, students will be housed on campus in the Saint Anselm College residence halls with two students per room; students may request to be partnered with their friends. Student dorms will be separated by gender and supervised.

Students will be provided three meals a day prepared by Saint Anselm College Food Services, which is ranked nationally for best campus food. All meals are served as an all- you-can-eat buffet which will vary over the course of the camp; typical items include steak tips, pasta, and chicken parmesan. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Students may order additional meals to their dorm.

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Drone taking flight off of the quad
Students testing their drone

Overview of Camp Schedule

Sunday   Registration/Ice Breakers
MondayInspirational Demonstration/Intro to programmingIntro to Ethical Theories & Ethics BowlTello/DroneblocksSTEM Activity
TuesdayBuilding and flying dronesEthics Activity & PrepFlight TimeTeam Activity
WednesdayIntroduction to ML/AIEthics LabFlight Time    Film Night
ThursdayMechanism Design/Work timeEthics Bowl CompetitionWork/Practice timeSTEM Activity
FridayWork/Practice/Finialize Competition EntryWork/Practice/Finialize Competition EntryWork/Practice/Finialize Competition EntryGame Night


Why Python?

Python is a modern high-level programming language with a focus on ease of expression. While Python can be picked up quickly it also allows for a lot of potential complexity. Python is not just an academic curiosity or learning language though. Python is the primary language used in machine learning and AI today! Companies like Apple, Facebook, Nvidia, and Google all use Python for their AI projects.

Why Aerial Drones?

Flying is cool! Besides that, aerial drones are the future of autonomous robots. Many robotics competitions and camps focus on ground-based robots that maneuver around on wheels. We introduce students to the world of flying autonomous robots setting us apart from other robotics camps.


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Registration for the Saint Anselm Drone Camp costs $925. For questions or additional information, please contact Prof. Michael Huelsman mhuelsman@anselm.edu.


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Dr. Michael Huelsman

Camp Director and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Saint Anselm College

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Dr. Adam Albina

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Saint Anselm College

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Tucker Hamilton

Co-founder STEM-ED

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Beldon Lin

COO and Co-founder STEM-ED

Laura Santer

Laura Santer

Philosophy PHD Student at Boston College

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Saint Anselm Students

Camp Counselors