I was asked recently by a teacher from another school about uses for a Drone (UAV)
With all the bad press Drones get for invasion of privacy and a machine for the sake of the machine – I thought – surely there have to be more ideas for using a drone in an educational setting.
Here’a couple I came up with: (copied from my email to a teacher dist. list:
We’ve used/borrowed parrots, etc for Video projects of school wide events, (convocations, ground breaking outside, etc)
Couple ideas for future projects:
- Engineering testing / design testing
- Materials (destructive testing)
- SciOly Gliders (drop testing planes/gliders for science olympiad
- Extreme Egg drop competitions? Top three egg drops get dropped from drone a X height?
- Mapping cross country trails? (Gathering GPS data, compare to maps from Google, etc)
- Microsoft ICE beta with Photosynth website?
- Field sports play analysis with coaching eye incorporation?
- Marching Bands?
- Social Studies – map making at various scales 1:100, 1:1000, etc
- Math class, area demonstrations (Power of 10)
- A Centerville, OH HS student is writing a web interface for controls, using Parrot’s API (CS50 project at Centerville @AngelaYake)
- OHSAA prevents us from flying drones at games, so we resorted to endzone cams.
- Water pools/
- Inspecting tree health, nesting populations
- We are planning on using one for tree specimen sampling/population counts. (we have acres of forest)
- Incorporate with Pocket Lab for telemetry, physics class with acceleration, etc data
- Swap to I/R camera for:
- energy loss detection in school buildings
- standing water in school property or neighborhoods (west nile?)
- standing water on building roofs for maintenance teams
- study thermo. differences between tree canopies, parking lots, buildings and grassy areas
- Students could redesign parking lots,
- Suggest traffic pattern flaws with drop-off commuting, at the school
Just a couple thoughts – hope this helps. Please add more ideas you are using for your devices…
Have you registered your Drone? https://registermyuas.faa.gov/
This is a cross post from my personal Blog, https://compuducation.blogspot.com/