WVLT News 8 published an awesome article about how Oak Ridge middle school students are getting the chance to learn about drone technology. Watch the video by clicking here.
Teacher James Mitchell is teaching students to fly drones and code for them at Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The school system used resources via its technology programs to purchase five new student drone systems for seventh graders to use.
Mitchell said, “Students that otherwise are not engaged or involved because they do not care about English or math, they are excited to come to school every day just because of our programs.”
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Some students like Keely Wood have specific ideas in mind for using drones. Wood is interested in becoming a veterinarian or zoologist, so her idea for using the drone is, “Maybe fly around and see wildlife.”
Student Colton Hull is curious how mathematics applies to flying drones. He is interested in STEM subjects, and said, ” I am planning on going to Harvard.”
Mitchell believes students can learn skills for college and careers by working with drones. They first worked on coding in his class, then had to troubleshoot until Lego drones could fly.
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“Kids are learning from drones troubleshooting, how to have hand- eye coordination, how to work together as a group.”
Mitchell said careers using drones could include these uses:
- Using infrared cameras to measure hot spots in fires and heat escape from buildings
- Real estate photos and videos
- Agricultural monitoring of fields
- Virtual tours for public spaces
- Storm damage images for insurance adjusters
He recommends this FAA website for learning rules for drones.
Source: WVLT 8