Using minidrones to teach geospatial technology fundamentals

Joyce, Karen E., Meiklejohn, Natalie, and Mead, Paul C.H. (2020) Using minidrones to teach geospatial technology fundamentals. Drones, 4 (3). 57.

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With an increased level of interest in promoting science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) careers, there are many ways in which drone and geospatial technology can be brought into the education system to train the future workforce. Indeed, state-level government policies are even stipulating that they should be integrated into curriculum. However, in some cases, drones may be seen as the latest toy advertised to achieve an education outcome. Some educators find it difficult to incorporate the technology in a meaningful way into their classrooms. Further, educators can often struggle to maintain currency on rapidly developing technology, particularly when it is outside of their primary area of expertise as is frequently the case in schools. Here, we present a structured approach to using drones to teach fundamental geospatial technology concepts within a STEM framework across primary/elementary, middle, secondary, and tertiary education. After successfully working with more than 6000 participants around the world, we encourage other scientists and those in industry using drones as part of their research or operations to similarly reach out to their local community to help build a diverse and strong STEM workforce of the future.

Item ID: 66721
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2504-446X
Keywords: Drones, Education, Mapping, STEM, UAS, UAV
Copyright Information: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Funders: Australian Government (AG), Queensland Government (QG)
Projects and Grants: AG Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grant, QG Advance Queensland Engaging Science grant
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2021 21:46
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390106 Geography education curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
40 ENGINEERING > 4013 Geomatic engineering > 401304 Photogrammetry and remote sensing @ 50%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280111 Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences @ 100%
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