After the flurry of purchases over the holidays, community libraries are the best ways for local residents to access correct and helpful information about drones. Drones are being utilized at libraries around the country in a variety of ways:
- Community Education Class/Demonstration
- STEM application: 3D Printed Quadcopter Drone printing classes
- Loan: Checking out a drone
- Filming Your Library
Here are a few quiet ideas for the program librarian in charge of incorporating drones into a library programming to consider (the DroneRanger would never talk loudly and risk a “shhh”) :
Make sure your demonstrator has an FAA Remote Pilot’s (drone) license and can share the local airspace rules and restrictions. For example, in the DroneRanger’s local community, drones are not permitted in public parks and part of the city is in Class B airspace because of an executive airport- something a new drone users might not know.
A licensed drone pilot from your community will be able to answer a multitude of questions and share appropriate flying local locations with your residents.
STEM Application/ 3D Printed Quadcopter Drones:
One of the myths of STEM (technology) is that making a drone can be done for free but there is cost to build a drone that actually flies. While libraries with 3D printers can allow patrons to print a frame, the propulsion system and additional components must still be purchased.
A full propulsion system (flight controller, speed controllers, transmitter and receiver) is needed to make a drone fly. A small and affordable system can be required as “supplies needed”, sold or donated by the library to build a complete drone during a Maker class.
Loaning drones is an interesting program currently available at a few libraries around the county. We recommend a self-contained, inexpensive system with propeller guards to check out. Patrons may need to agree to a repair or replacement cost.
Allow check out after patrons have completed a basic overview and flight practice class which could be conducted on weekly or monthly basis.
Filming Your Library
If you are library, please contact us regarding:
- What to cover in a Community Education Class/Demonstration
- Suggestions for 3D Printing Propulsion Equipment systems
- Basics for checking out a drone
- Videos and resources for your drone program manager
A library can be a great resource for drones in the community, let us know how we can assist you!