As the drone industry evolves, the benefits of drones for schools become apparent. For students, they provide an interesting and fun access point to education about all kinds of things, from weather patterns to programming. For the industry, putting drones in schools gets the next generation workforce interested in joining the field.
Getting drones into the hands of educators is a challenge – but only the first challenge in integrating drones successfully into STEAM education programs. Educators are working harder than ever now, and they need more than hardware and software to make a drone program work. In addition to drones and curriculum, educators need training, support, and a place to ask questions.
The North Carolina Educators UAS Cohort (NCEUASC) is a model that really works. NCEUASC is a partnership between the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, a business-led, education non-profit; the North Carolina DOT; Nine Ten Drones; STEMERALD City; and now, as a proud media partner, DRONELIFE.
The Cohort has provided all members with a Tello EDU fly more kit, and a one year membership to drone curriculum provider DroneBlocks. Now, the Cohort provides educators with the support and training that they need to utilize those tools effectively – and make the most of adding drones to their STEAM curriculum. UAS Industry Expert Paul Rossi and Jeff Epps, Master STEAM Coach, connect with more than 60 educators across NC every month via live virtual meetings, recorded explainer videos and one-on-one sessions to support the adoption of drones as a tool in education. “The NCEUASC is committed to supporting the educators of North Carolina integrate drones as educational tool into the elementary, middle and high school classrooms across the state,” says Rossi.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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