For the fourth year, OnPoynt participated with Aerial Robotics Build & Fly area at the 2017 Dallas ISD STEM Day at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. This is our favorite public event of the year because both students and even a few parents participate.
OnPoynt hosted four builds with an OnPoynt lead at each table. Builders take from 45 minutes to one hour to complete a build of our STEM Ranger drone. Teachers, Girl Scout leaders and volunteer parents typically stop by with larger groups of students. Participants’ ages vary but we try to organize builders by suitable groups- older builders, younger builders or families. (One new rule for builders- no Flaming Hot Cheetos residue allowed!)
The OnPoynt drone flying station was a netted area where our lead pilots demonstrated a drone that flies a preprogrammed course autonomously. Adults are always the most amazed at this capability while students take drone technology in stride.
We want to give a shout out to two district Dallas ISD science fair projects displayed at the event. Each had a hypothesis regarding drones that will make great curriculum lessons for class and camp curriculum and involve Science (the scientific method) Technology (a drone) engineering (testing) and Math (calculations.
- One project added weight to the drone in the e form of pennies and made calculations on the effect to batteries addressing Amazon’s conundrum– how weight will affect drone retail delivery.
- The second compared three search and rescue methods to calculate which was the most efficient – one person walker, a defined search pattern and a drone search.
Thanks to Dallas ISD’s STEM Department Oswaldo Alvarenga, Executive Director and our contact Crystal Alexander, STEM Manager, we had a great day, teaching drone technology at Dallas ISD STEM Day. The OnPoynt team walked away marveling how much we had learned.
Ms. Crystal Alexander, STEM Manager