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Drones in the Classroom: Teaching STEM by Stealth

Keira Joyce
Keira Joyce
22 May 2023
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Teachers looking for exciting new STEM approaches, look no further! She Maps strives to encourage young people, and especially young women, in STEM and promote non-traditional careers as an option for students. One of the most interesting ways to do this is through indoor drone programs, incorporating new technologies into classroom environments.

What makes drones great teaching tools?

Careers that incorporate digital skill sets are becoming more popular with young people who have grown up around rapidly evolving technology. A great option to introduce these pathways is through drones. They’re an exciting gateway for all students into STEM learning, and incorporate teaching opportunities in science, maths, digital technologies, engineering and geography. Drones are being used in careers ranging from film and photography, surveying, architecture, and drone racing, offering opportunities in creative and practical industries. They also let your students practise hand-eye coordination, learn to code, and develop important spatial thinking and problem solving skills. Drones have the wow factor needed to engage students who might not feel confident in or excited about STEM, letting them have a great time and learn new skills simultaneously.

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Students using their STEM skills to design attachments for a drone

Accessing New Technologies - A One of a Kind STEM Program

Starting a classroom drone program is easier when She Maps can help you through it. We provide teacher resources that incorporate the Australian curriculum to make these digital careers more accessible to the younger generation and let students and teachers alike explore modern STEM through drones. The programs She Maps offers aim to improve the confidence and capability of teachers when it comes to new technology and the careers that can emerge from them, and we have resources for every budget. Simply select one of our drone essentials packages, choose your drone kit, and schedule a call with one of our teaching experts!

Our Getting Started with Drones in your Classroom e-book will run you through everything needed to set up an in-class drone program:

  • the educational benefits of drones
  • tips on garnering school wide support and funding
  • how to choose the best approach to suit your classes and curriculum targets, and
  • how to expand the program and offer your students industry connections and opportunities down the line. 
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By running professional learning workshops online and in-person, teaching through school incursions, and developing learning resources that fit into the Australian curriculum, She Maps strives to broaden typical worldviews of STEM and stress the importance of diverse perspectives in tackling problems. As technology rapidly evolves, we know it’s important to stay on top of developments and ensure we deliver the most current content.

If you would like to learn more about how to use drones at your school you can check out these articles. Or feel free to get in touch, we would love to help you get started.

6 Reasons Why Your School Should Host a She Maps Incursion

From Classroom Drones to STEM Futures – Career Opportunities for 21st Century Skills

Everything You Wanted to Know About Drones in the Classroom

About She Maps.

She Maps is Australia’s leading expert in drone and geospatial education. 

She Maps assist schools with the purchasing of drones, school-industry created drone and geospatial teaching resources and highly supportive teacher professional development.

You’re in Safe Hands!
She Maps is a CASA approved commercial operator to fly microdrones indoors with students and teachers. CASA holds commercial operators, to a higher standard than recreational users and educators. This means that She Maps has been assessed by CASA as having rigorous training and risk mitigation procedures in place.

Ready to buy drones for your school? We are an authorised DJI reseller in Australia

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    What’s covered:
    • The educational benefits for running a drone & geospatial program
    • How to gather whole school support for the program
    • How to fund your drone program
    • Matching your school requirements to the best program
    • How to build teacher confidence and capabilities
    • Steps to expand your program with school-industry partnerships