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Drone Designers + Coding With Drones

Drone Designers and PCS edventuresExploring STEAM Careers

Opportunity Goals and Objectives:

The goal of this opportunity is for educators to: gain theoretical and practical knowledge related to computational thinking, connect learning with drone technology applications, and build interest in and excitement for current and future career opportunities related to coding and drones with students.

Brief Description:

Drones are transforming the world of arts and entertainment, performing alongside artists as diverse as Metallica, Drake and Cirque du Soleil. Follow in the footsteps of the world’s groundbreaking drone designers, weaving together the iterative design process and principles of aerodynamics to costume, choreograph and code tiny aerial robots in creative performances. The program’s structure emphasizes career exploration and disciplinary literacy through students following the engineering design process according to real-life production team members at the world’s leading company specializing in drone performance systems.

The 12 one-hour lessons and extensions in the Drone Designers curriculum provide the perfect introduction to this latest application of drones in concert tours, Broadway musicals and beyond! Then, in Coding with Drones, students can block code missions in DroneBlocks, test their code from anywhere in the DroneBlocks Tello Simulator and progress to line-coding in the exclusive DroneBlocks Code application. From applying algebra and geometry in flight missions to exploring Python and JavaScript programming, put the power of flight into the hands of learners with multiple coding languages and top-of-the-line mini drones.

The training workshop will include a hands-on introduction to the Drone Designers curriculum, as well as support for educators to integrate the coding resources into their existing programs. Each grantee will receive print and digital curriculum resources plus supplies for up to 30 students.

Recommended Settings:

  • Classrooms looking for hands-on STEAM activities
  • After-school programs
  • Summer camps

Curriculum Topics:

  • Art and Technology
  • Autonomous Drone Operations
  • Algorithms & Programming
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Real-World Careers
  • Block Coding, Python & JavaScript

STATUS: Closed

Three-Day Training
Dates: July 12-14, 2021
Location: 3 Regions (Treasure Valley, Magic Valley/Pocatello, CDA/Lewiston/Moscow)
PD Cost: $75/attendee for three days of training. Link to register and pay will be sent with the grant award letter.

Value: ~$4000
Number of awards: ~35-40

Open: February 23, 2021
Close: March 24, 2021
Award date: April 16, 2021
Program Manager: Erica Compton

Eligibility: Educators serving youth in grades 4 through 8, INCLUDING educators who have previously participated in drones programming through STEM AC.

PD Syllabus: One (1) Graduate PD Credit Available; Information Coming Soon

Travel: Travel costs will be reimbursed (if you qualify). These funds are meant to cover travel expenses as well as meals not provided during the workshop. No further funding will be provided. Mileage will be determined using Rand McNally Mileage Calculator. (Use to calculate one-way mileage). View Idaho State Employee Travel Guidelines.

2021 Partner

PCS edventures

Technical Requirements:

Block Coding DroneBlocks Courses:

  • Wifi-enabled smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, desktops or laptops running Android, iOS or ChromeOS. (Note: DroneBlocks is not compatible with FireOS, the operating system for Amazon tablets.)

Line Coding Courses, such as Programming with Python:

  • Desktops or laptops running Windows, OSX or Linux

The curriculum includes team challenges to test coding, drone costume design and flight skills.

Logistics & Storage:
Each set is shipped in a sturdy, reusable tub, safely storing materials during the program and throughout the year.

Training Requirements:
Grantees are required to attend a professional development course to be held summer 2021 (date and location tbd).
One graduate PD credit available.

Download the 2021 Drone Designers Spec Sheet (includes the above technical requirements)

Drone Designers + Coding With Drones comes with a printed curriculum guide and 1-year site license to DroneBlocks that provides access to a library of digital coding resources. Access to a virtual drone simulator is also included along with all the supplies needed for 30 students:

  • Cardstock (white) (250ct): 1
  • Cardstock (asst. glitter colors) (40ct): 1
  • Colored pencils (12pk): 6
  • Construction paper (50 pk): 1
  • Craft foam (24ct): 1
  • Digital scale: 1
  • LED button light (multi-color): 6
  • LiPo batteries: 12
  • LiPo battery multi-charger: 3
  • LiPo safe storage bag: 1
  • Metal washers: 60
  • Mini quadcopters: 6
  • Pencils (#2) (12pk): 3
  • Pencil sharpeners: 6
  • Plastic container: 1
  • Production Team Lanyards: 30
  • Protective cages (for quadcopters): 6
  • Safety glasses: 30
  • Scissors: 31
  • Storage tub: 1
  • String (ball): 1
  • Student booklets: 30
  • Superglue (6pk): 1
  • Tape (double-sided-rolls): 6
  • Tape (masking tape rolls): 6
  • Team tote bags: 6
  • Tissue paper (24ct): 1
  • Velcro fasteners (12ct): 3

Download the Drone Designers Spec Sheet (includes the above materials)

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