New Unit of Work!

We’ve just launched our latest ORBIT activity – Healthcare in the Himalayas – Drones to the Rescue! Through this activity, students will learn about the challenges facing remote communities living in the Himalayas, the role that technology can play in humanitarian efforts, as well as how to block and line-based code drone flight paths to deliver much needed medicines to the remote communities!

This activity is designed as a full Unit of Work and is mapped to the Australian Curriculum for Geography, Digital Technologies and Design Technologies for Years 5- 10. Complete with a Lesson Plan, Student Activity Sheets, and an Assessment Rubric – Healthcare in the Himalayas is a real time-saver for busy teachers!

To bring together this activity, we’ve collaborated with some very special partners: WeRobotics, the Nepal Flying Lab, and DroneBlocks!

WeRobotics and the Flying Labs

WeRobotics is an organisation that believes strongly in the ‘Power of Local’. Too often, organisations will travel to economically underdeveloped countries in order to ‘fix problems’ without engaging local people, and then leave. WeRobotics takes a very different approach and focuses on capacity building by training local experts. They recognise that local people have greater contextual knowledge and lived experiences to be able to effectively address the challenges facing their own communities, and should be empowered to do so.

WeRobotics co-create and facilitate an inclusive network of locally-led knowledge hubs across Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond – known as the “Flying Labs®” network. Flying Labs strengthen local expertise in the use of drones, robotics, data and AI for positive social change. Flying Labs help to expand local markets by creating new jobs and businesses that offer robotics as a service and support local ecosystems.

Initiatives by the Flying Labs span across all fields, including agriculture, healthcare, disaster relief, environmental outcomes, humanitarian outreach, and education.

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Meet Uttam from the Nepal Flying Lab

She Maps works closely with the Nepal-based chapter of the WeRobotics Flying Labs, and it’s coordinator, Uttam Pudasaini. Some of you might have watched Uttam’s awesome EduDrone presentation earlier this year, where he shared some of the different projects that the Nepal Flying Labs work on, such as disaster mapping, tracking receding glaciers, and developing a drone delivery network to fight Tuberculosis in remote regions of Nepal.

At She Maps, we believe that students work better when they’re given real-world applications! So for our Healthcare in the Himalayas – Drones to the Rescue activity, Uttam has set students a very important mission – help him design a drone, and then a drone delivery network, to transport medical aid to people living in remote regions of Nepal. Here is Uttam’s Challenge, which is part of the Healthcare in the Himalayas activity (now available as part of our She Maps Annual Membership).

Want to learn more about the Nepal Flying Labs? Check out their page!

Or watch Uttam’s full EduDrone 2020 video below:

Level up with DroneBlocks

Another great thing about Healthcare in the Himalayas is that there are multiple levels of difficulty to choose from, making it suitable for all students Years 5-10! 

Use the DroneBlocks app to block code Tello to fly your Himalayan mission, or challenge students by introducing DroneBlocks Code! DroneBlocks Code is a straightforward interface to allow students to code Tello using JavaScript. Read more about the benefits of DroneBlocks for your classroom.

How to access this unit of work

If you currently have a She Maps Membership then you can access the Unit of Work at no extra cost simply by logging in to our online learning platform, ORBITYou can easily locate the Unit of Work under the Bonus Resources tab.


Don’t have a She Maps Membership?

Don’t worry, it’s super easy to join.  Click here to purchase a She Maps Membership for just A$240 per annum and get full access to the Healthcare in the Himalayas activity, including Lesson Plans, Activity Sheets, Curriculum Mapping, and Assessment Rubric!

Your membership also includes access to our most popular courses – Classroom Drone Essentials and Map My School – as well as HEAPS of other great classroom resources including EduDrone and Live in ORBIT replays, the STEM Superheroes Workbook, and ‘Careers with Drones’ Posters!

What are you waiting for, contact us today 

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