Classroom drone program gets students buzzing about STEM

Manufacturers' Monthly | August 13, 2019

A new program designed to encourage more young people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects is utilising drones in the classroom. The program, delivered by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is designed for students in years 5 and 6 and covers the skills needed to operate and manipulate a drone. Teachers are also trained to build capacity and confidence in using drones. The attraction of the unmanned aerial vehicles for students allows students to get directly involved in the outcomes of STEM research, said associate professor, Ange Fitzgerald. “Drone technology is one of the most exciting areas for students to experience the practical application of STEM subjects and covers a whole range of STEM disciplines, including engineering, physics, mathematics and coding,” said Fitzgerald. Representatives of USQ recently delivered the pilot stage of the program at Mt Crosby State School. The program aims to link together early STEM education with the practical application of these skills in fields such as aviation, surveying, and climatology.

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Helping students succeed in higher education requires the marshalling of many different resources at colleges and universities. Looking at recent retention and graduation rates over the past five years, one can see that current strategies are still leaving many students behind. With the dedication of resources and funding to student success, why are so many students still not achieving optimal levels of success?Download this research brief to understand these challenges and gain insights from years of Blackboard research on student success.

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