Ben’s drone flies high

Ben Read with the quadcopter he built during work experience at Scitech.
Ben Read with the quadcopter he built during work experience at Scitech.

While many of his classmates stayed closer to home, Ben Read from York District High School chose to complete his work experience at Scitech in Perth.

The Year 10 student said he wanted to get a feel for what working life would be like and, as a keen quadcopter builder and racer, he chased a challenge in line with his interests.

Under the watchful eye of Scitech electronic research technician Phillip Verschuer, Ben spent time behind the scenes in the Scitech workshop building, refining and testing a quadcopter.

�The quadcopter had been sitting in pieces for a while, but then Ben came along and was able to build it into something pretty special in just one day,� Mr Verschuer said.

�The rest of his time at Scitech was spent refining the quadcopter to fly more accurately and he even hooked a camera to it so he could fly it through his video goggles from a first-person point of view.�

While many people would balk at phrases such as �ESC refresh rate� or �loop time�, Ben�s time at Scitech had him connect with like-minded tech-lovers who spoke his language.

The teen regularly meets other quadcopter enthusiasts in Perth.

�We all met on the internet through forums and organised to meet up to fly together and, since then, it�s just got bigger,� Ben said.

He was initially inspired to make his own mechanical marvels after seeing a quadcopter racing on YouTube, but now has big plans for what was once just a hobby.

�I�m working on doing a long distance personal record,� he said.

�I have a big flying wing and I�m trying to see how far I can push my equipment.�

Ben also hopes his know-how gained from quadcopter building and racing will help him realise his ambitious career goals, which include becoming an engineer and joining the Royal Australian Air Force.

�I think Ben has such a bright future� Mr Verschuer said. �His willingness to learn new things and his positive attitude is going to take him far.�