Our Mission

We are committed to providing a fun and creative environment that encourages a lifelong interest in drone technology while also inspiring interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Our Story

Triangle Drone Academy was founded by two teachers who discovered drones as a hobby. When flying their drones or talking about drones with their students, they realized this emerging technology inspired passion and excitement among kids of all ages. Their own passion for lifelong learning and discovery, sparked the idea that summer camps were an excellent forum for kids to get the hands on experience and learning that they craved. Thus, Triangle Drone Academy was born.


Meet the Instructors

No matter if they are team teaching their classes or organizing student trips to see the other side of the world, Eli and Matt are dedicated to making sure that their students have fun while learning lessons that will lead them in life.

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Matt Sleeman

Owner & Instructor

Matt has been a middle school teacher and basketball coach for over 18 years. He even lived abroad and taught in China for 2 years, an experience that he loved so much that he arranged student trips to China. Now that he has found drone piloting, he is putting that same passion into teaching all aspects of this emerging technology to his students.

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Eli Peich

Owner & Instructor

Eli has been a middle school teacher and athletics coach for over 21 years, and has coordinated student trips to both China and Europe. He enjoys playing soccer, traveling and spending time with his family.  He is excited to share his most recent passion for quadcopters, drones and anything else that flies with students.


  • US D.O.T. Federal Aviation Administration Airman Certificate - Small unmanned aircraft system
  • NC Commercial UAS Operator Permit
  • FAA Safety Team Aviation Learning Center Certificate