North Dakota students learn how to build drone businesses

One of the leading aviation schools in the country has added a new class to its curriculum: a drone business course.

The 24 students in the University of North Dakota class are not only learning how to fly drones, they are receiving real-world business experience. At the end of the semester the will pitch their enterprise ideas to venture capitalists and executives in a “Shark Tank” setting.

One of the students, Blaire Beecham, says she discovered a passion for drones late in a collegiate career that had her bouncing between UND and Texas Christian University. She calls the class a “game-changer” for her career.

Beecham’s team is working on designing and building a bubble or a shield around drones so they can fly underground or in tunnels.