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Take This Class: Experimental Offering in Design Technology (DESGN 299)

Students of the drone class, Experimental Offering in Design Technology, gather around Sean Franklin (left), who describes the various operations that are available in the drone unit they were flying in the Student Center at American River College on Feb. 2, 2019.

Patrick Hyun Wilson

February 13, 2019

The sound of mechanical buzzing fills the air in the Student Center at American River College. Plastic propellers zip around the room as different groups of students control their movement. Occasionally the objects will impact the ground and a student will have to walk and pick up the drone from the ...

Drone club flies high over ARC

Shane Lipscomb lifts his hand to the sky in an effort to lock in to the drones smart capture, where the drone will follow hand signals, to get it to land without a remote. April 4, 2018. (Photo by Brienna Edwards)

Brienna Edwards

April 9, 2018

A typical afternoon on any given Tuesday or Wednesday will find Shane Lipscomb, an Administrative Assistant, trudging across American River College’s soccer field, where he will soon be met by a small collection of students. Inevitably they all assemble, standing together by the team bench, dro...

Student arrested for flying drone over NFL stadium had prior confrontations with faculty and students

(Left) Tracy Mapes' staff photo from his time on the AR Current in the spring of 2016. (File photo)

(Right) Tracy Mapes' mugshot at the Santa Clara Police Department on Nov. 26 after being arrested for allegedly dropping anti-media leaflets over Levi Stadium. (Photo courtesy of Santa Clara Police Department)

Mack Ervin III, John Ennis, and Luis Gael

December 5, 2017

An American River College student and former Current staff member was arrested Nov. 28 after dropping anti-media leaflets from a drone over separate San Francisco 49ers' and Oakland Raiders' games. Tracy Mapes, 55, posted different variations of the leaflet on social media. He also uploaded videos of ...

ARC student arrested for allegedly flying drone over NFL game

(Left) Tracy Mapes' staff photo from his time on the AR Current in the spring of 2016. (File photo)

(Right) Tracy Mapes' mugshot at the Santa Clara Police Department on Nov. 26 after being arrested for allegedly dropping anti-media leaflets over Levi Stadium. (Photo courtesy of Santa Clara Police Department)

Luis Gael

November 28, 2017

[UPDATED] An American River College student was arrested on Sunday after allegedly dropping anti-media leaflets from a drone over Levi’s Stadium and Oakland-Alameda Stadium during two different NFL games.  Tracy Mapes, 55, attended ARC and served on the Current in the spring of 2016 before leaving the...

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