The Curriculum Design

UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) are exciting devices that have a lot of intrinsic motivation for students.  Like driving a car, it enables the user to go and see the world from a different perspective. They can either garner admiration from their peers for awesome flight skill, a fantastic video or image, or they can answer a question that they have about the environment around them.  

Either way, the license opens doors for a student to explore and share. 

Once a student acquires a license level they can use the those devices in a safe and responsible manner.  Teachers / supervisors keep tight control on adherence to safety and expectations while encouraging students to collect meaningful data to answer a question they have about the environment. 

The licenses are actual cards with a photo on them that indicate levels of certification. There are three licenses that can be earned, student pilot license, pilot license, and advanced pilot license, with certifications listed on the cards and description of what the license gives the user permission to do.  

THERE ARE MANY CERTIFICATIONS, INCLUDING FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR, MASTER TECHNICIAN, AND PAYLOAD INTEGRATION SPECIALIST. 

IN A LARGER SENSE, THE CURRICULUM WILL TEACH STUDENTS WAYS TO “EXTEND THEIR SENSES” BEYOND VISUAL CAPACITY, TO EXPAND THEIR SITUATIONAL AWARENESS OF INTERCONNECTED SYSTEMS, AND TO USE A HOLISTIC, ECOSYSTEM-BASED APPROACH TO PROBLEM-SOLVING.