Search & Rescue Misson

NGSS: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

In this authentic, problem-based challenged, students are members of an elite squad - The Rescue Rangers. Due to a deadly fire in California on September 20th, 2035, the government has given significant funding to the use of Drones in rescuing survivors trapped by dangerous fires and floods. 

The Rescue Rangers have been working with a company called Robolink to perfect this technology and they are asking their Rescue Teams to develop a rescue plan and run a simulation.. There is an impending fire just outside a small town called Hagerville, and the team has been gathered to run a simulation in case they are needed for an actual rescue.

Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to collaborative work with your fellow Rescue Rangers to run a successful simulation. Good luck and may the props be in your favor...

MISSION OBJECTIVE - Safely transport the remaining 3 citizens of Hagerville to safety, across the river to the Helipad.

Tasks Toward Mission Success

TASK #1: A look into our past...


One of the first forms of flight, other than birds, was explored and developed by the Wright Brothers. Take a step back into our history by clicking on this video to see how the Wright Brothers put Newton's Laws into action.

Task #2: Learning about Hardware


In order to complete your rescue mission, you must first become familiar with the CoDrone. What do you know about hardware? Show what you already know by filling out the hardware - graphic organizer. Your teacher will then provide you with the CoDrone hardware so that you can explore all that is available for your use to plan and execute a successful mission.

Hardware - graphic Organizer

Determining Extraction Site


You will need to search the town of Redwood Valley, California to determine the best extraction site for your rescue mission.

Download Task 3

Finding an Extraction Site


Using Google Earth, explore the area around Redwood Valley, CA and determine the best extraction site for your rescue. CLICK HERE to download the activity sheet.