Highlights from 2nd Annual Bell Drone Competition

Committed to furthering STEM education in schools, Bell launched its second annual Bell Drone Competition in late April. Six local high school teams were provided a drone kit to assemble and modify to accomplish several unique missions for the competition. The teams were given six weeks to design, fabricate and test their concepts using the school maker space facilities and guidance from Bell Engineering mentors. 

Schools involved included: L. D. Bell High School, Euless Trinity High School, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fort Worth, Texas), Polytechnic High School, Dallas ISD, Richland High School (Texas).

On competition day, the teams competed head-to-head to put their design solutions to the test. In addition, teams were required to use their critical thinking skills as they executed a Search & Rescue mission and take on other problem-solving challenges during the competition.

Bell and its education committee started this competition to challenge and ignite a passion for STEM with today’s youth.

In the end, 1st Place went to Trinity High School.


2nd Place: Polytechnic High School


3rd Place: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.


Congratulations to all the other teams!

About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 85 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of advanced air mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

About Textron

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