The Air Fair is an educational project which brings together technology and creativity so that young people between 12 and 18 years old learn how to build drones for educational and social development purposes. It will take place this Friday 19 at the School of Engineering (ETSE) of the Universitat de València. The drones have been built by students of 63 Valencian high schools and schools and more than 1000 students will participate in the event between 09:00 and 14:30.
The 3rd Air Fair will have three different areas in the Burjassot Campus. The first will include 63 stands, one of each centre, where the students will exhibit its drones and posters with the suggested applications. The second area consists of three halls which will work simultaneously and in which each centre will present the social advantages of its project. The third area are the tracks were the flying demonstration will take place.
The presentation act of the Air Fair will be at 12 in the Assembly Hall of the School of Engineering with the participation of Pedro Sigler Vizcaíno, head of the Teaching staff Training Serice of the Valencian Department of Education, Research, Culture and Sport; Paula Marzal, director of the School of Engineering of the Universitat de València; Rafael Monterde, general director of the Innovation Centre Las Naves, Ricardo Domínguez, director of El Caleidoscopio and 40 councillors of education of Valencian towns that took part in the fair.
The drones and projects which will be shown on Friday 19 represent different local problems or realities to which participants try to provide solutions: basic and first-aid help to health services and maritime rescue, help to firefighters, reforestation of woodland, pest control of pine processionary or advertising, touristic support for City Halls.
Issues related to the use of drones in the local field are i.e. maintenance of the Historic Heritage; work as referee in sport events, support in traffic accidents and control for them; supervision of the status of high tenseness cables or drones to transport medication where there is no pharmacy, among others.
The City Halls of l’Alcúdia, Alfafar, Algemesí, Almàssera, Almussafes, Anna, Alzira, Bellreguard, Benetússer, Benigànim, Benifaió, Bétera, Bonrepós i Mirambell, Buñol, Canals, Carcaixent, Càrcer, Catadau, l’Eliana, Enguera, Foios, Guadassuar, Massanassa, Montserrat, Museros, Ontinyent, l’Olleria, Paiporta, Paterna, Picassent, la Pobla de Farnals, la Pobla de Vallbona, Puçol, el Puig de Santa Maria, Rafelbunyol, Riba-roja de Túria, Sagunt, Sedaví, Tavernes Blanques, Utiel, Valencia and Xàtiva take part in the project.
The 3rd edition of the Air Fair started on November and about 3000 Valencian students and 150 teachers have taken part in it. The event is encouraged by the Universitat de València, the CEFIRE of Torrent, InnDEA Valencia/Las Naves, the FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology - Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness) and El Caleidoscopio.