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By BRIAN FERRY bferry@timesobserver.com

There have been some buzzing sounds coming from the music and tech hallway at Warren Area High School recently.

It was not a humming musical instrument, nor someone who spoke in a monotonous voice.

It was the sound of drones.

STEM 9 students worked on a number of different projects – audio, photo and video editing, remote control flight simulators and drones.

With equipment from For the Win Robotics and the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (REC), the program offers drones, different control systems, as well as physical targets and obstacles.

Times Observer photos by Brian Ferry Warren Area High School Ninth-graders Maxwell Bratz (left) and Caden Betts fly a drone toward a target in a school hallway.

At first, the students in Art Anderson’s class use a handheld controller. Ultimately, “we have an app and they’re programming it to fly autonomously,” he said.

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