Colorado students deliver drone to Rwandan national park

In this photo taken Friday, April 22, 2016, Nathan Lapore, right, and Max Alger-Meyer work on a drone at DSST Stapleton in Denver. Alger-Meyer, a Denver teen who visited Rwanda’s Akagera National Park last summer, had an idea he thought would make the rangers’ job easier: a drone. He and a friend have built one to donate to the park.

In this photo taken Friday, April 22, 2016, Nathan Lapore, right, and Max Alger-Meyer work on a drone at DSST Stapleton in Denver. Alger-Meyer, a Denver teen who visited Rwanda’s Akagera National Park last summer, had an idea he thought would make the rangers’ job easier: a drone. He and a friend have built one to donate to the park.

Two Denver teens have delivered a drone they built to a Rwandan game park.

Max Alger-Meyer and Nathan Lepore also got to show off their drone to the east African country’s president, who returned the favor with a tour of his cattle farm.

In an email Monday from the Rwandan capital, an official with the nonprofit that organized the teens’ trip says they visited Akagera park last week to hand over their drone and train rangers to use it to spot brushfires and survey hard-to-patrol areas.

Ryan Grundy, who is associate director of the Global Livingston Institute, adds Rwandan President Paul Kagame welcomed the two recent graduates of a Denver School of Science and Technology campus, the park’s manager and others to his home and farm on Sunday.

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