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Saitama Drone Challenge 2019 Application

June 24, 2019 @ 08:00 - July 31, 2019 @ 17:00

Saitama Drone Challenge

Saitama Drone Challenge 2019

The Saitama Drone CHallenge is a Saitama-wide FREE drone racing and programming event for children in elementary school grades three to six. It is organised by Smile Me who aim to make programming accessible to all children. The drone event is sponsored by the Saitama Prefectural Board of Education.

Saitama Drone Challenge

Applications to participate must be submitted by Wednesday July 31st 2019 through LINE. (The initial flyers said July 21st, but the official website says it is July 31st). Anyone who fits the requirements (living in Saitama and 3rd to 6th grade student) can apply, but they are encouraging children to participate in pairs. That can be siblings or friends. They do stress it is okay for one child to apply on their own too.

saitama drone challenge

Drone Challenge dates and locations

Former Omino Elementary School Kawajima
Omino ES is a beautiful fomer school with a great playground

The actual drone challenge will take place in four different locations on dates in August:

  • August 4th Saitama City Aoyama Gakuin Urawa Lutheran College up to 100 pairs / 200 students
  • August 8th Chichibu Culture Physical Education Center, 100 pairs / 200 students
  • August 9th to 11th the former Omino School in Kawajima, 250 pairs / 500 students
    (Former Omina Elementary School information ~ external site,
  • August 16th Ascal Sachi Citizen Cultural Gymnasium, 100 pairs / 200 students
  • August 24th FINALS at Nippon Institute of Techonology

Competition and prizes

Each day involves some programming and a drone racing competition. Winners from each venue will go on to participate at the overall finals at Nippon Institute of Technology on August 24th. The winner will receive a “Tello” drone, runner up wins an electronic magnet type work kit and the third place will get a palm sized robot.


To apply for this exceptional free event, you need to first pick a location. You can see specifics on the official website. Google translating the page actually gives pretty coherent information! Within each venue webpage on the Smile Me site they have the codes for applying on LINE. Then you follow the instructions on each venue page to apply.

For more summer and seasonal events in Saitama, please see the main event pages.





June 24, 2019 @ 08:00
July 31, 2019 @ 17:00
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