Amazon, in partnership with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has today launched a competition inviting primary school-age children across the UK to play their part in the future of science and technology.
The competition will help raise awareness of the CAA’s Drone Code, a simple set of rules and guidelines which outline how to fly drones safely and within the law in the UK.
All primary schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible to enter the competition. Students will be asked to design their interpretation of a delivery drone to serve a humanitarian purpose or improve society, such as first-response medical aid, sending flowers to a loved one who is unwell, or delivering toys to children in need.
The ‘Design a Drone’ competition is open to students in Years Two to Five.
The national winner will have the opportunity to tour Amazon Prime Air’s Development Centre in Cambridge, UK where their design will be exhibited for a year. Winners will also be awarded Amazon Fire tablets, gift baskets and cash prizes for teaching resources for their class.
Teachers can register their interest and download competition materials at http://designadrone.uk/.
The competition runs until 2nd June 2017 and winners will be announced at the end of June. Judges will be comprised of representatives from Amazon Prime Air, the Civil Aviation Authority and leaders in drone innovation across various industries.
Lauren Kisser, Operations Director at Amazon Prime Air, commented: “Amazon is thrilled to partner with the UK CAA on the ‘Design a Drone’ competition. We share a belief that the safe use of drones can make a positive contribution to society.
Jonathan Nicholson, Assistant Director of Communications at the CAA, said: “While we absolutely want everyone to have fun with their drones, safety must always be the top priority. This partnership with Amazon is part of a wider initiative looking at establishing a safe and responsible attitude toward drone flying.