While drone aerial robots can introduce and build STEM-based concepts –engineering, design, software, flight principles, problem solving through flight practice and STEM challenges, the key codeveloping drone flight skill is safe practices.
A caveat to a successful STEM aerial robotics program –drones need to be flown safely and under instructor supervision while students are developing flight skill. New flyers can make mistakes- a pilot flies towards others, can’t control the vehicle and sometimes even hotdogs on purpose, to be expected from most any 13 to 16-year old.
When OnPoynt developed its flight training for both students and teachers, our team relied on our Army-trained helicopter pilots to introduce military best practices for safety.
The first OnPoynt Aerial Robotics best practice is to designate a flight line. A flight line allows everyone present- pilot, instructor, spotter, other students and spectators to understand where to stand to be safe. The establishment puts order into chaos and makes a prescribed pattern of pre flight critical thinking which begins to developing fun flying into purposeful skilled flying
It also lets the watchful public know:
“We are flying safely.”
If your intention as an educator is to build a camp, class or aerial robotics team at your school this is the start. We wish your STEM educational team safe flying.