University of Illinois Extension educator — and resident drone guru — Dennis Bowman led a session where kids built paper airplanes and attached a tiny drone to them. Then families worked together to fly them with an app on their phone.
Kids learned that the better they built their airplane — carefully and following all directions — the better their odds of getting it to fly.
ACES Alum Board Director Kim Morton consults with her granddaughter Jane as they construct their paper airplane.
Dennis Bowman used these drone “engines” from PowerUp 3.0 to fly the paper airplanes.
Mark Nelson and daughter Alleigha prepare to launch their paper airplane on a test flight inside the Stock Pavilion.
Alleigha Nelson launches her airplane on its pre-drone test flight.
Jason Moss and his son sync their airplane drone with the smartphone app and prepare to fly.
Dennis Bowman takes questions from young drone pilots.
Doug Schemmer and daughter Sidney do a spot check on their drone.
WHO HAS THE BEST PLANE?
Sidney Schemmer says she and her dad, Doug, do!
Extension professional Keith Jacobs teaches young people about robotics with Legos.
Favorite class of the day? Learning about dogs and animal behavior techniques.
Judy Tyler and two of her grandchildren participated in the sausage-making class, held in the meats lab and taught by meat science faculty.
Students chose from a buffet of mix-in ingredients for their sausage, including spices, cheeses, vegetables and fruits.
After students mixed their sausage, they got to cook it. Next came the taste test, where everyone in the class sampled each sausage and voted for their favorite.
This family from Frankfort took home new meat science hats for their win as the favorite sausage recipe.
ACES Alum Board Director Tim McDermott and ACES Director of Alumni Relations Tina Veal pause from all their organizational work during the evening dinner and celebration.
ACES Dean Kim Kidwell spoke to the families during dinner, asking the young people what kinds of careers they learned about that day that they might like to work in someday.
Rod Stoll, Farm Credit Illinois, brought greetings to the crowd as a sponsor of the event.
Part of the goal of ACES Family Academies is to put young people on a college campus to experience campus living for the first time, and to give alumni and friends the chance to show their young friends around campus. Participants walked between classes just like real college students, though they had more than 10 minutes between each class.