Name of Engagement

4-VA Drones Project

Contact Information

Nick Swayne, 4-VA Executive Director

Contact Details


The JMU Drone Challenge project is an interdisciplinary collaborative effort, the first of its kind at James Madison University, between seven majors, four professors, and a variety of off-campus organizations. In just 15 weeks, we hope to use design thinking and drone technology to come up with innovative solutions to complex global problems. The JMU Drone Project is sponsored by 4-VA, an organization that promotes innovation and collaboration between four major universities in Virginia, and the course is hosted in JMU 4-VA’s X-Labs facility in the Lakeview building on the JMU campus. This state-of-the-art maker space has 3D printers, laser cutters, and sophisticated teleconferencing equipment.

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Involves Faculty, Involves Students, Involves Participants External to JMU




Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning

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