DJI Tello Alternative / Replacement

Hi Everyone,

By now everyone has heard the recent news about DJI ending its education line which includes the Tello drones. We as DroneBlocks must reinforce that we have every intention of keeping the Tellos alive and well through our app, curriculum, and simulator for the foreseeable future. It’s also important to note that DroneBlocks remains fully stocked on Tello drones for any schools that need replacements to keep their programs running.

Going forward DroneBlocks has joined forces with an innovative Swedish company to introduce a research-grade micro drone tailored specifically for K-12 education. This collaboration aims to fill the void left by the now-discontinued DJI Tello Drone, providing students with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with cutting-edge technology.


Build. Code. Fly. The all-new “DroneBlocks Classroom Bundle” is the ultimate STEM drone kit for classrooms of all skill levels. These new drones are versatile open-source flying development platforms that only weigh 27g, fitting in the palm of your hand. Students can dive into the world of block coding and Python programming using the DroneBlocks app and STEM curriculum, gaining valuable skills in a fun and interactive way. The all-new DroneBlocks app introduces a modern, web-based interface that removes the hassle of complex installations. It provides a smooth, accessible experience for both teachers and students. The DroneBlocks simulator is now integrated directly in our all-new web app interface. Students can test and refine their code in real-time, ensuring they’re perfect before they take to the skies. The Crazyflie is excellent for indoor flight within classroom settings as they are well-known for their accuracy when flying indoors programmatically. These drones are a fantastic alternative and replacement to the DJI Tello drone and are also Section 889 compliant!

For those looking to move in size, DroneBlocks has been hard at work for the last year now designing and creating our own STEM drone kit. This drone will be nothing like the K12 or drone market has ever seen. Meet DEXI… [Drone for Exploration & Innovation](DEXI - Drone for Exploration & Innovation | DroneBlocks). The ultimate autonomous research and development drone for high school and college students, designed from the ground up with STEM education in mind. DEXI is a fully programmable and customizable drone that students will build from scratch, gaining invaluable insights into aerodynamics, mechanics, and electronics. Developed in collaboration with ARK Electronics, DEXI introduces a groundbreaking all-in-one flight controller that integrates optical flow sensing and onboard computing capabilities, fully compliant with NDAA and Section 889 regulations. DEXI allows educators to teach real-world coding skills with DroneBlocks and Python on a PX4 flight stack. Beyond the mechanics of autonomous flight, the DEXI drone is also a means for students to improve their piloting skills and understand drone navigation nuances in a practical setting. This drone will be available for purchase in April 2024, click here to learn more and join the waitlist.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to our team any time via email at ( ), we’re happy to help.

Dave @ DroneBlocks

are you guys making prop guards for the new “tello replacements”

I have one of these printing right now:

and am going to try this next:

Will report back with any findings. Here is a 3D print for Crazyradio:

amazing! keep me posted.

we surround our course with lacrosse nets ( so the guards really help prevent tangling.

even for the Tellos, we switched to the fully enclosed guards, and our propellor replacements went down by the dozens. even preventing nicks on them is super helpful in keeping them stable.


@adam we’ve created a new forum category for Crazyflie here:

We’ll post some updates regarding prop guards there soon. Thanks.

Check out this new blog post here