Drones great tool for STEM engagement

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser

East Waikiki Pri­mary School stu­dents are us­ing drone tech­nol­ogy to learn about aerial sur­vey­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy in a bid by the school to fur­ther en­gage stu­dents in science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics.

Un­der strict su­per­vi­sion, con­di­tions and train­ing, the school’s Year 5 and 6 stu­dents are be­ing taught how to fly drones safely and op­er­ate cam­era and video tech­nol­ogy ac­com­pa­nied with it.

The school is now home to two drones, af­ter re­cently be­ing do­nated a new Phan­tom 4 Pro from sur­vey­ing and map­ping com­pany AAM.

AAM Sur­vey­ing gen­eral man­ager Glenn Mor­ri­son met with a se­lected group of Year 6 stu­dents on Fri­day to present the drone and talk about the use of drones in the min­ing in­dus­try.

Prin­ci­pal Luke Clatworthy said stu­dents had taken an in­ter­est in dronetech­nol­ogy af­ter a trip to a mine site, where they were given demon­stra­tions and learnt about how drones could be used in the in­dus­try. He said teach­ing stu­dents about drones could in­spire an in­ter­est in the min­ing in­dus­try

It (the drones) will form the ba­sis of the stu­dents learn­ing more about aerial sur­vey­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy ... as well as teach­ing them essen­tial air rules and safety.

Luke Clatworthy

and help them in­ves­ti­gate the dif­fer­ent ca­reer paths in­volved in fly­ing drones pro­fes­sion­ally.

“We would like to see our stu­dents re­ceive on­go­ing train­ing to use the drones un­der strict su­per­vi­sion,” he said.

“The drones will also be used on ed­u­ca­tional ex­cur­sions where ap­pro­pri­ate and on school camps and overnight stays.

“It will form the ba­sis of the stu­dents learn­ing more about aerial sur­vey­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy . . . as well as teach­ing them essen­tial air rules and safety.”

Fraser Pic­ture: Chloe

Jesse Perkins, Bedt­ping Dech, Noah Sch­nei­der, AAM sur­vey­ing gen­eral­man­ager Glenn Mor­ri­son, Bre­anna Doyle, Ngak­isha Lee and McKayla Hoye.

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