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Teach New STEM Lessons With Our ‘Healthcare in the Himalayas’ Activity

Himalayan family and elderly couple happily watch delivery drones hover like helicopters

New Unit of Work!

We’ve just launched our latest ORBIT activity – Healthcare in the Himalayas – Drones to the Rescue! Through these STEM activities for kids and adults, students will learn:

  • The challenges facing remote communities living in the Himalayas.
  • The role that technology can play in humanitarian efforts.
  • 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 to 10.

Complete with a Lesson Plan, Student Activity Sheets, and an Assessment Rubric, Healthcare in the Himalayas – Drones to the Rescue is a real time-saver for busy teachers!

To bring together this drone-focused STEM teacher training program, we’ve collaborated with some very special partners: WeRobotics, the Nepal Flying Lab, and DroneBlocks!

WeRobotics and the Nepal Flying Labs staff

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. The team focuses on capacity-building and STEM professional development 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 STEM education.

selective focus photography of DJI Phantom 3 Professional quadcopter drone

STEM Lessons with Uttam from 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! Teachers or principals can add Healthcare in the HimalayasDrones to the Rescue to their STEM school curriculum to set their students on a very important mission with Uttam. And that’s to help him design a drone, and then a drone delivery network, to transport medical aid to people living in remote regions of Nepal.

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 the STEM lessons in Healthcare in the Himalayas is that there are multiple levels of difficulty to choose from. That’s why it’s very suitable for all students Years 5-10! 

Use the DroneBlocks app to block code Tello to complete 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.

a sample of a DroneBlocks code

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 log in to our online learning platform, ORBITYou can easily locate the Unit of Work under the Bonus Resources tab.

Don’t have Access to She Maps STEM Lessons?

Don’t worry, it’s super easy to sign up for an annual membership.

Click here to purchase a She Maps Membership for just A$240 per annum and get full access to Healthcare in the Himalayas activity, including:

  • Lesson Plans
  • Activity Sheets
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Assessment Rubric

Your membership also gives you access to our most popular STEM professional development 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!

Or read our tips for developing high-quality STEM programs in schools here.

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