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Sophomore Kian Zarbaf found a creative way to ask his girlfriend to homecoming.

Alejandra Nogueira, News Writer

The humming of drones flying by is not an unusual occurrence at TERRA. Often, eager students practice their flying skills during and after school. This new trend produces awe-inspiring photographs and enthralling races. This innovative technology has found its place in the Engineering club, that now has a subcategory for drones. Monica Mejia even allows students within the Engineering program to become FAA registered; the Federal Aviation Administration regulates drone law and who can fly. However, these high tech machines come with hefty price tags. That’s why students at TERRA have taken in it into their hands to create their own drones.

The average amount of time it takes to create your own at-home drone is roughly about one to two weeks. Once all the parts are found and delivered, it only takes four to five hours to build. Junior Daniel Fuentes has taken on the task of building his quadcopter out of spare parts. “I am grateful for Mrs. Molina, she lets me use her tools and has faith in me,” Fuentes expressed. Along with support from staff and his friends, Sergio Rodriguez (senior) and Luis Gonzalez (senior), help him with spare parts. With no outside funding or grants, he is happy to receive all the help he can get.

Self-taught drone aficionado Luis Gonzalez has already built his own quadcopter and now works on a more complicated tricopter. “This drone needs a tilt mechanism, it controls the angles it flies at,” Luis explained. His project was expedited with the help of another engineering teacher, Hector Escobedo. “He let me use the 3-D printer at school to let me print my own part,” Luis continued.  Luis conveyed that the fun part of constructing your own drone is the entire building and learning experience.

Kian Zarbaf, a sophomore, has found a new exhilarating use for his recently built drone. He used his drone to ask his girlfriend out to the upcoming homecoming, something that had never been done at TERRA before. “I had no mishaps, unlike the time I was out and I lost my drone. The controller lost connection with the drone and it took off without stopping. I lost it forever because I didn’t have a failsafe,” he admitted bashfully.

With the accessibility to new technology growing more and more everyday, be sure to look up and try to spot a drone, Wolves!