REC Foundation Aerial Drones Competition

The REC Foundation Aerial Drones Competition (RADC) offers an exciting educational drone sporting event focusing on hands-on, student-centered learning. Four Drones made up of two Alliances fly around the field to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance. Teams also compete in the Programming Skills Challenge where one drone takes to the sky to score as many points as possible. Additionally, teams are judged on an engineering notebook that shows their understanding of the engineering design process.

Current Game: DownDraft 2

RADC DownDraft 2 is played on a 28’x28’ field. Two Alliances - one “red” and one “blue” - composed of two Teams each, compete in 3-minute matches. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by scoring balls in goals and landing drones at the end of the match. The scoring objects in RADC DownDraft 2 are 5 Large 55mm diameter Balls and 36 Small 40mm diameter Balls. Alliances score points by scoring balls in goals and landing drones in designated areas.

Our Support

The WV Robotics Alliance coordinates with schools, universities, and other partners to provide equipment, staffing, and support for RADC qualifying tournaments throughout the state, which are generally held between November and February. In addition, we are excited to be hosting the West Virginia RADC Signature Event on February 26, 2022 at the Fairmont State University Falcon Center. The Signature event will be one of the season's premier RADC events, attracting teams from across the US and featuring presenters and exhibitors from NASA and other organizations.

RADC is presented by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, a US-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, in partnership with For The Win Robotics. The REC Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs.


For more information about RADC or to register a team, visit the REC Foundation website: