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DRONE WORK EXPERIENCE – Overcoming the Barriers of Youth

Guest Post

This post has been written by Megan and Miran, Year 9 and 10 students from Cairns who participated in a Work Experience week with She Maps.

Work Experience with She Maps

Are you a young person who is interested in STEM and drones but feel like those opportunities are out of reach, especially as a girl? Well, at She Maps that is not the case. They overcome the barriers and offer work experience for high school students to learn more about STEM, drones, and what it would be like to work in that field. Work experience is a weeklong experience which exposes younger people to workplaces, helping them get an insight on what industries they are interested or disinterested in firsthand. You get on-the-job-skills and a chance to develop your skills.

How YOU can be involved in this area of work! 

Many schools have STEM related programs however they are only offered to senior students in grades 11 and 12 and younger students are left out. She Maps have offered work experience to students in grade 9 and 10. By exposing younger people to this unique STEM orientated work experience, She Maps has helped students like myself to reflect on what they would like to do in future. If you take interest and enjoy subjects like I.T and Robotics, then you should reach out the next time She Maps are offering work experience. You may still be wondering what this work experience was like and was involved in it. 

The Experience of Work Experience at She Maps

At She Maps you can learn more in depth about the environment, technology, drones and how younger generations can preserve the earth which are more relevant compared to typical jobs. According to the World Economic Forum, automation will displace 75 million jobs and generate 133 million new jobs worldwide by 2022. By 2025, AI related job creation will reach two million. What is learnt at She Maps includes:

  • Data processing
  • Stitching orthomosaic imaging
  • Flying mini/Mavic drones
  • Learning how drones and technology can protect at risk ecosystems
  • Working a diverse environment
  • Bonding work relations through understanding each other’s personality types (usual work experience wouldn’t do that)
  • New projects such as GeoNadir
  • Learning to speak in front of a camera and speaking with confidence
  • Workshops such as design thinking

Personal Experiences

“I feel this experience has helped me learn new things and has exposed me to new challenges that I may come upon in a workplace”– Megan

“This work experience really helped me see how life was in the workplace and the different paths I can take in the future when it comes to choosing my career.”– Almira

“I definitely gained plenty of knowledge on how technology can help the environment, but this experience also built my independence, communication skills and teamwork.” – Miran

As you have read above, She Maps offer a completely different work experience than your typical, standard workplaces.

How She Maps is different from standard work experience

The most common industries students apply to are fast food/restaurants, allied health, tourism, engineering/architecture, fashion/design, digital media, and education etc. This restricts the variety of options that students can choose, as typical work experience only focuses on one industry out of many. However, at She Maps Work Experience the knowledge gained covers a broad range of industries such as the following:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Business/entrepreneur
  • Cartography
  • Defence/military
  • Disaster relief
  • Ecology
  • Emergency services
  • Engineering
  • Film
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Hair and beauty
  • Healthcare
  • Photography
  • Science

The following graph shows the top industries using drones in the US.

However, these industries can find a new way to utilise drones and not just in the US but around the world with the idea of GeoNadir.

The Idea of GeoNadir and what it means for you 

The company She Maps not only focuses on changing society with encouraging young students to be involved but helping the environment globally with the vision of GeoNadir. The basic idea is for drone-flyers around the world to capture images of their environment, and then for free, upload those images to She Maps. It is there where the magic begins. The next step is “data processing” which this case the “data” is the images then they “process” them to find the coordinates of each photo and then stitch them together to create a basic map. This map has better detail and resolution than a commercial satellite image. With the final product, industries around the world can observe more closely patterns in the environment and figure out how to solve the issues presented in those patterns. This could change the world we live in for the better and you can be a part of it. If you own a drone, you can be part of this program and contribute to the well being of the environment and in turn the world you will grow up in. 

Be Involved

You can be involved in this work experience reach out to She Maps at [email protected]

Biography

Written by Megan and Miran

My name is Megan and I’m a 14 year old year 9 student. I am interested and experienced in the field of technology and drones, being a certified drone pilot. I studied drones for around 18 months, both theoretically and practically, to obtain my Remote Pilot Licence for flying drones both recreationally and commercially. I was one of 6 students chosen to participate in the She Maps work experience week to learn more about drones and how to use them to benefit the environment. I myself have enjoyed the work experience and encourage other students to take part in it. 

My name is Miran, I am 15 years old and I am a student in grade 10. I especially enjoy spending time in nature by diving, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, camping and climbing trees. This has influenced me to care more about the environment, which is one of the reasons why I decided to join this work experience. This was the perfect opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of people, technology, drones, and artificial intelligence. I met new people and created strong work relationships through entertaining and educational activities.

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