Princeton-area students are out here making history. Zechen (Peter) Wei, who is a senior at Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISMS) just broke the Guinness World Record for the "fastest quadcopter ascent to 100 meters, with a record time of 2.732 seconds", according to shared that Wei is a part of the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISMS), and has been passionate about drones his entire life. It wasn't until his freshman year at the school that he developed an interest in creating his own drone. The record was previously held in 2016 by Dirk Brunner, a German engineer. According to, "Brunner produced a quadcopter that was able to ascend 100 meters in 3.871 seconds.".

It took two years, but Wei set his sights on beating out the record and on October 25th he did just that.

"When I first came to PRISMS as a freshman, I never thought of being able to go this far,"  Wei shared with  He went on to share, "I am excited about hands-on creativity. Turning what's in my head into reality in my hands always feels like magic. In the past few years at PRISMS, I have stayed curious and have done a lot of innovative engineering projects. When thinking about research projects, my instructor, Mr. Kemp, encouraged me to challenge the world record. After a lot of hard work with simulations and trial-and-error, I finally achieved my goal."

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