Getting started with drone mapping in your school
Whilst many teachers are using microdrones in their classrooms, some teachers are wanting to take drones to a whole new level.
Introducing sub 2kg drones to classes is where many teachers in senior secondary school are going as data analysis and geospatial data interpretation is becoming more important. Whether this is collecting data on a geography field trip on coastal ecosystems, or mapping reefs on a marine science trip, the use of drones to collect data add a whole new dimension.
Here are three things you might not have known about She Maps and how we can help you to be successful with using sub 2kg drones.
- If you are a She Maps member, you have access to our Drone Mapping course online. This takes you through everything from the software requirements, to getting your drone set up for a mapping mission, to using GeoNadir for the storage, processing, visualisation, and sharing of your drone mapping data.
- GeoNadir is run by She Maps co-founders, Dr Karen Joyce and Paul Mead. As our sister company, they understand how to build a solution that works for teachers and students. It is the go-to place for you to manage all of your drone mapping data, and it is affordable for school budgets.
- Our microdrone program, Classroom Drone Essentials, is modelled off the work that Karen does with sub 2kg drones. So everything you learn and the skills your students have cemented with the microdrones are directly transferable to sub 2kg drones. In fact, when Karen is teaching adults to fly a drone mapping mission, if they haven’t flown drones before she takes them through flying with microdrones first.
Drone Mapping e-book
GeoNadir has a great e-book with lots of tips to help you get started with drone mapping. It is a free download.
Open drone mapping data
GeoNadir is built on open data principles, so that as the community uploads more data to the platform, then the community has more insights on the at-risk ecosystems we want to protect.
Getting started with no drones
If you are wanting to ‘dip your toes’ into this data analysis piece, without the expense of buying a drone just yet, then you can explore the global repository of drone data on GeoNadir for free.
You can also do our Map My School program, which uses the satellite base imagery on GeoNadir to map the amount of shade on your school grounds. In Term 2 each year, we run our How Cool is your School competition, with hundreds of students using GeoNadir to produce maps of their school grounds, and working out the percentage of shade.
Getting started with geospatial data analysis just got a whole lot easier with GeoNadir, and we are here to help you add a new layer to your courses, with the introduction of drone mapping data!
It is affordable
We understand the budget constraints teachers and schools have, and the expense of other drone mapping software, such as Drone Deploy.
GeoNadir has designed the platform to be accessible for schools, providing teachers with the features they need, so which means they are also affordable. Have a look at their pricing and benefits page so you can see which subscription is suitable for you.
Let us take the tech problems out of using drones, and with the support from both She Maps and GeoNadir, we will get you and your students flying!
If you are interested in getting started, just get in touch and the She Maps and GeoNadir team can find a solution for you.