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Want to learn how to fly a drone?

There's a class for that in Cary.

A drone-piloting workshop for people 16 and older is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in the Bond Park Community Center, 150 Metro Park, Cary.

The folks at the Kramden Institute will teach the class. The Durham nonprofit collects, refurbishes and gives computers to students and families without computers in their homes. It also teaches them computer, software and internet skills.

Already, Kramden was teaching drone skills to middle school students through flight camps, said Marshall Burkes, manager of technology education for Kramden. The idea for those camps, he said, came from Kramden instructor Lile Stephens, who flies drones as a hobby.

"Many adults who heard about the camp told us they wanted to take a four-hour workshop version of the camp's drone training," Burkes said.

Then came a call from Julie Collins of the Cary parks and recreation department, who wanted to know if Kramden could bring its kids' camp and adult workshop to Cary this summer.

"We were very excited to partner with the Town of Cary," Burkes said. "Bond Park is a great facility."

Participants in the July 21 workshop will learn drone technology, how to fly safely and how to navigate obstacles with both line-of-sight and first-person-view drones, Burkes said. "All flying is indoors to ensure a controlled environment, which helps students focus while they practice flying," he said.

The aim is to make people comfortable flying a drone, Burkes said. "After the workshop, students will be able to fly drones more confidently and have more fun flying drones as a hobby or family activity," he said. "They'll be more informed about important government regulations on where to fly and about drone registration."

Perhaps best of all, "they will also take home a drone," Burkes said. "The drone is included in the workshop fee."

The fee is $215 for Cary residents and $245 for all others. Registration closes July 16. Register online at https://classweb.townofcary.org/eConnect/Activities/ActivitiesCourseDetails.asp?cid=114823. To learn more about the Kramden Institute, go to kramden.org.

Scott Bolejack: 919-829-4629, @ScottBolejack
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