The Young Engineers Club provides opportunities for members to participate in projects and competitions related to the field of engineering and the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The club’s activities and projects are intended to promote a spirit of creativity and innovation among members.

Fall Semester 2018:           First Club Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 3:00 pm               
The Young Engineers Club meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, in the Physics classroom, room 112 in the Science Building # 34. This semester club activities focus on drone attachments for transporting items to or from locations otherwise difficult to access.
YEC Team flies at the Baseball Field
YEC Club members fly their drone preparing to deploy a (plastic figure) parachutist testing a drone sky hook remotely controlled by the pilot. They learn that weather conditions not only affect flight performance of the drone but also how different the glide trajectory of the payload can be, especially under strong wind conditions.
GPS Map Nature Center
Precise mapping of wooded areas with few reference points can be a challenge. However, the drones of the Young Engineers Club are perfectly suited to get the job done fast. The above image is a GPS map of the trails at NFCC's Nature Center obtained automatically by flying a drone in "follow me" mode allong the partially densely wooded paths. The image itself is a screencopy from the controller monitor, which shows the path flown superimposed on satellite imagery.
Super Saturday YEC and Astronomy Club members present their activities to visitors on Super Saturday.

Aerial photography of NFCC's Driving Range. Members of the YEC are practicing as drone pilots, air traffic controllers, and videographers.

YEC Drone Flight Team Some of the members of the YEC pose behind their drones after flying and performing aerial photography of the new power substation of Tri-County Electric Cooperative. (Photo courtesy of Kaitlynn Culpepper, TCEC)

Madison Water Tower

City of Madison Water Tower

Campus Flyover

NFCC Campus Flyover - Lake Osceola and Wood Duck Pond

Young Engineers club At NFCC students participating in the Young Engineers Club not only have fun with drones but also acquire skills for flying UAS (unmanned aerial systems) proficiently, safely and purposefully. Knowledge about flight navigation, aviation regulations, the physics of motion and engineering of aircraft and radio communications are learned. Advanced students may explore the possibilities of autonomous flight and develop strategies on how to plan and execute robotic operation of the aircraft.

NASA 2015 Awards Ceremony In previous years, NFCC students participated in the NASA Engineering Competition for Florida Colleges. Our team placed first in the 2015 Competition.

Robotic Operation on Mars Students operating their robotic vehicle on the simulated moon surface at Kennedy Space Center.

NASA 2016 Rocket Launch Preparation Rocket Launch Preparation in the Rocket Garden of Kennedy Space Center

NASA 2016 Weather Balloon Launch Weather Balloon Launch documented by the use of a drone.

NASA 2016 Awards Ceremony Astronaut Capt. Jon McBride congratulates NFCC Competition Teams at the awards ceremony

NASA 2015 Competition Team The Gold winning team from NFCC at the NASA Community College Engineering Competition 2015. Above: The team assembled in the early morning in KSC's Rocket Garden.