Want to put your drone skills to the next level? Why not join these marvelous competitions for students and drone enthusiasts for all levels – these are the top 3 drone competitions that you, your school, or your organization would be thrilled to participate in.

1. Drone Racing League

Drone Racing League (DRL) is the world’s premier, professional drone racing property for elite pilots. With custom-built racing drones traveling 90 MPH, pilots race through the most insane courses across virtual and physical competitions.

One kind of Drone racing is the First Person View (FPV). FPV drone racing is a competition where pilots control drones equipped with cameras while wearing goggles that stream the live video feed from the drones so they feel like they’re flying from inside the drone. The goal is to complete a complex race course as quickly as possible and ahead of the other pilots in the heat. Competitions are held in stadiums around the world and also with our pilots flying virtually in the DRL SIM, the true-to-life drone racing simulator.

Levels include 4 milestones including the semifinals, Sudden death, Finals, and Golden Heat. And as a futuristic sport that blurs the line between the virtual and the real, DRL races in legendary locations including iconic sports arenas, historic palaces, and landmark museums around the globe.

2. Aerial Drone Competition

Aerial Drone Competition - REC Foundation

The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation sparks interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable, and affordable curriculum-based robotics programs. 

The REC Foundation’s VEX Competitions make up the largest and fastest growing robotics engineering platform consisting of the following programs: the VEX IQ Competition (Elementary & Middle School), the VEX Robotics Competition (Middle School & High School) and VEX U (College/University). Over 2,600 events were completed around the US and other parts of the world.

And now, bringing you one of the top-notch competitions across the country, the Aerial Drone Competition.

Aerial Drone Competition Mission 2023: Blackout is played on a 24’x24′ square field. In Piloting Teamwork Matches, two alliances–one red and one blue, made up of two teams each–compete in 2-minute pilot-operated matches.

The object of Piloting Teamwork Matches in Mission 2023: Blackout is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by owning goals, scoring bonus balls, and ending the match on a landing pad or in the alliance blackout zone.

In Autonomous Flight Skills matches, a single team has 60 seconds of an autonomous drone operation to score points by lifting off, navigating through arch and keyhole gates, removing balls from the starting lane, and ending the match on a landing pad or in the alliance blackout zone. All drone commands are pre-coded by the team, with no pilots allowed.

3. Drone Soccer

Drone Soccer: The World's Newest E-Sport - YouTube

Drone Soccer is a thrilling indoor team sport played with radio-controlled quadcopters in protective exoskeletons designed for collisions. Five-player teams face off in a netted arena where they ram and block the opposing team to prevent them from scoring. But before pilots can compete they must first learn to build, program, fly, and repair high-performance drones, learning engineering skills toward exciting careers in aviation.

Drone Soccer may be one of the coolest sports in the world – and gives kids ages 12 and up their first experience in aviation, creating a pathway for aerospace careers.

With classroom lessons and after-school drone soccer leagues for grades 6-12, drone soccer is recognized as an international sport by the World Air Sports Federation (FAI).

Here are the links where you can purchase cool drones for the next competition you’ll be joining: