The STEM education team at the University of Southern Queensland, made up of STEM academics and STEM teacher educators, have recently launched a program that might interest you: Drones for STEM learning and teaching.
We are reaching out to the primary schools Years 5 & 6 in the proximity of our three campuses, as a way of supporting you and your students to develop skills in this space and to give back to our local community using our collective expertise. The main intention of the program is to begin with the basics – developing the confidence and key skills required to operate and manipulate a drone safely.
The program consists of two parts:
- 1.5 hour professional development (PD) session to build teacher capacity and confidence in using drones and understanding their pedagogical purpose.
- 1 hour workshop for students (several can be run over one day) to build all students’ confidence and skills in manipulating a drone as well as understanding the principles of safe and ethical drone flying.
The teacher PD takes place prior to the student workshops, so that teachers can fully participate and contribute to the event together with USQ staff. The PD and workshops are free of charge and the USQ team provides the required equipment and technology.
After experiencing the basics, we are more than happy to work alongside school staff to develop more complex workshops (e.g. coding) and to discuss ways to meaningful integrate drones into the school’s programming.