Drones great tool for STEM engagement

Chloe FraserSouthern Telegraph
Jesse Perkins, Bedtping Dech, Noah Schneider, AAM surveying general manager Glenn Morrison, Breanna Doyle, Ngakisha Lee and McKayla Hoye.
Camera IconJesse Perkins, Bedtping Dech, Noah Schneider, AAM surveying general manager Glenn Morrison, Breanna Doyle, Ngakisha Lee and McKayla Hoye. Credit: Chloe Fraser

East Waikiki Primary School students are using drone technology to learn about aerial surveying and photography in a bid by the school to further engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Under strict supervision, conditions and training, the school’s Year 5 and 6 students are being taught how to fly drones safely and operate camera and video technology accompanied with it.

The school is now home to two drones, after recently being donated a new Phantom 4 Pro from surveying and mapping company AAM.

AAM Surveying general manager Glenn Morrison met with a selected group of Year 6 students on Friday to present the drone and talk about the use of drones in the mining industry.

Principal Luke Clatworthy said students had taken an interest in drone-technology after a trip to a mine site, where they were given demonstrations and learnt about how drones could be used in the industry. He said teaching students about drones could inspire an interest in the mining industry and help them investigate the different career paths involved in flying drones professionally.

“We would like to see our students receive ongoing training to use the drones under strict supervision,” he said.

“The drones will also be used on educational excursions where appropriate and on school camps and overnight stays.

“It will form the basis of the students learning more about aerial surveying and photography ... as well as teaching them essential air rules and safety.”

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