MSU neuroscience grad launches startup focused on educational drones

LANSING — One mid-Michigan entrepreneur wants to fill a need in the rapidly growing market for unmanned aerial vehicles by catering his products to educators and students. Mario Swaidan, a recent graduate of Michigan State University’s neuroscience program and owner of Lansing-based AerBots Inc., plans to market quadcopter drone kits, so named because they are propelled by four rotors, as educational tools that students can assemble and fly safely.  “Anytime I have a drone with me, the people that I see the most reaction from are kids,” Swaidan said. “I wanted to bridge the gap and make it a safe, educational alternative. Then that became my niche market.”  While most drones currently on the market leave their rotors exposed, AerBots’ design features enclosed rotors, which increases the safety factor for…


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