Kids flying drones in Austin marathon igniting early interest in science

Girls fly drones in Austin Marathon

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It is not just runners competing in Sunday’s Austin Marathon. A group of kids will be racing drones.

Joining us in the KXAN studio is Tamara Hudgins, the executive director of Girlstart, and four-grader Imani. Hudgins says the purpose of Girlstart is to inspire your girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

NXP, is the wireless high tech company sponsoring the marathon. They picked the non-profit Girlstart as the donation beneficiary. Proceeds raised will help the girls’ innovation receive national recognition for STEM education programs.

Hudgins says they hope to inspire the thousands of fourth and fifth grade girls in Central Texas, and communities nation-wide to get involved in math and science programs.

“As a part of their STEM curriculum, these Girlstart girls have been practicing flying real drones that use NXP chips,” said Hudgins. “The girls will fly their drones in a mock race in the final leg of the Marathon, showcasing just how fun STEM can be!”

The drones will take flight at approximately 8:40 a.m. on Sunday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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