SAWYER – SRT presented $5,000 on Nov. 13 to Sawyer Public School, supporting its inaugural year of drone racing and esports. SRT’s donation helped the school buy equipment, such as computers, accessories, drones, controllers and headsets.
The program offers drone racing and electronic gaming opportunities to students in grades 7-12. It’s the only in-house, extra-curricular activity at Sawyer Public School. The school’s athletic director and program leader, Ryan Stockie, said it provides students with technological opportunities that challenge their minds and bodies as well as a social/emotional learning environment.
The drone racing season will soon conclude and up next is a 10-week competitive esports season. Students will continue to compete against others in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Choosing from a variety of games, students are matched with their competitors by skill level. Drone racing and esports at Sawyer Public School are facilitated by Fenworks in Grand Forks.