Soon, You Can Learn How to Build and Fly Drones at Open Works

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A boy at the McDonogh School builds a drone, Courtesy Global Air Media

A new collaboration between Baltimore’s Open Works and Global Air Media makes the days when parents first sent their teenagers away to computer camp look like ancient history.

This spring, Baltimore-based Global Air Media will move its headquarters into Open Works, the well-equipped maker space that opened in Greenmount West last September. Together, the company and incubator will offer workshops focused on drones, the high-flying devices you’ve likely seen zooming around the harbor and launching from Federal Hill Park.

With guidance from Global Air Media staff, younger pupils will learn how to build and fly drones and use them for photography, cinematography, and mapping. Adults will also be able to take workshops to learn how to build and pilot them.

Global Air Media, founded in 2015, has tapped into the emerging market of “unmanned aerial systems” – one that will be worth nearly $127 billion within three years, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers – by offering professional photography, mapping, surveying, and inspection services. If you’re wondering what this looks like (and haven’t yet knowingly watched a drone-made video), take a look at the company’s promo here:

The young company has been active in the Baltimore area over the last couple years, hosting workshops for youth in West Baltimore and Howard County, among other places.

Open Works and Global Air Media haven’t pinned down specific workshop dates yet, but we’ll be seeing some of their work in action there very soon during Light City 2017, which begins on March 31. During the nine-day festival, the company will host a drone-racing course right at Open Works, located at 1400 W. Greenmount Avenue.

In May, which Open Works is designating as “drone month,” the two partners will offer three weekend workshops for families, an after-school workshop for teens and a weekend master class for adults.

Open Works general manager Will Holman said in the partnership announcement that he sees “endless opportunities for collaboration and co-promotion” between the maker space and media company.

Global Air Media co-founder Eno Umoh said his team is “eager to move into our new headquarters” and make the most of their new collaboration.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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