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Belmont Hill Drones

Belmont Hill participates in the Drones in Schools competition for Upper School students. 

Belmont Hill participates in the Drones in Schools competition for Upper School students. Founded through a student initiative in Winter 2022, BH Drones took the competition by storm, winning the National Championships in their first year. Since then, BH Drones has expanded to include a Middle School and Upper School Club, and a mixed Competition Team.

In the 2022 - 2023 competition season, BH Drones took home the HS Divison “Design and Engineering” Award, as well as second place for the Capture the Flag and Head to Head Race divisions, missing out by 3/10ths of a second in a sudden death double elimination race in the finals. In the end, BH Drones took home 3rd overall, and is excited to see what the 2023-2024 season brings!

Throughout the academic year, BH Drones meets during X, Y and Z blocks in the Bolles Makerspace under the supervision of Mr Ziff. Students will have the option of joining the BH Drones Club or trying out for the Competition Team, which competes monthly. 

See BH Drones in Action!

2023 FPV Race Video

Belmont Hill School participates in the Drones in School program. 
Drones in School is a unique educational program that develops aeronautics, engineering, project management, entrepreneurship, graphic design, and marketing skills. ​Drones in School is a comprehensive event that challenges students to go beyond their current skills through a fun and engaging process that wraps around the exciting sport of drone racing.​ 

Matthew Ziff is the Director of the Bolles Makerspace. In the spring of 2022, he formed the first Belmont Hill Vex Robotics Team. The team earned its first invitation to the Vex Robotics World Championships in the spring of 2023, returning again in 2024. Mr. Ziff is the 2024 recipient of the VRC Mentor of the Year for the Southern New England region. He is also the coach of the National Championship-winning Belmont Hill Drones team, which participates in the Drones in Schools competition league.  

Drones Team