It's liftoff in North Philly as students fly drones built in engineering class

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Students at Cristo Rey High School in North Philadelphia spent the past few months building their own drones and Friday, they got to test them out on the roof.

This project definitely took students out of their comfort zones. Senior Latoya Thompson is proud of her team.

"Sawing, drilling things together. It was a very long process, but I'm glad we actually finished," Thompson said. 

Hersey Coles is headed to Millersville University in the fall and he's changing his major from marketing to engineering after finishing this project.

"It opened my eyes up and it made me believe in myself, that I can do anything I put my mind to. And I like the idea of working hands-on with stuff," Coles said. 

Eva Porter is the engineering teacher who guided them through.

"Some of the kids just started from scratch with learning how to use a tape measure to now being able to 3D print and get a drone flying," Porter said. 

But it's not all good news. 

Some of the drones never made it off the ground, and one student said this squashed his interest in engineering and he's now going to major in finance.