Thanks to a small grant issued by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, Technology and Engineering Instructor, Steve Johnston and students were ready build and program their drone. “Something like this in the future could be used to replace a manned pilot that has to go over all of the transmission lines quarterly for inspection, which is between twelve to fifteen thousand dollars. So obviously this vehicle is a lot more inexpensive and perhaps even more mobile,” said Johnston.
A group of students in the Digital Electronics class at Logan High School in La Crosse have been busy creating a UAV, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-better known as a drone-to help an area business cut down costs.
This past fall, students in the Digital Electronics class met with Dairyland Power Cooperative about a partnership. Dairyland Cooperative typically uses a helicopter to check power lines. The hope was the class could create a device that was smaller and more efficient.