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Pairing Drones With the Arts in Elementary and Middle School Programs

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 30

Alexandra Konsur   Stephanie Williams   Molly Weber  
Take off into the world of art created by drones. Learn how drones are used for much more than just aerial photos. Journey into the world of dance, music and studio arts where drones are an integral part of the medium.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Tynker app
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Drones are becoming more and more widely used especially in ways that teachers and students aren’t exposed to on a regular basis. It is more important now than ever to look at current technologies in new and innovative ways. This session aims to familiarize elementary and middle school teachers along with coaches and library media specialists with how using codable drones as a part of the artistic process creates deep, meaningful learning for their 3-8th grade students. In this session, participants will be exposed to completed student projects in the studio arts, instrumental music and interpretive dance that were all made by computer code-controlled indoor drones. Participants will be introduced to the five steps of computer coding as well as the artistic process steps as they learn what it would be like for them to have their students design and build computer code that will allow the students to dance with drones, paint, and create musical pieces. Attendees will leave this session with a clear picture of how this and similar learning can be replicated in their own classrooms, makerspaces or libraries utilizing the resources shared.

The purpose of this session is to expose classroom teachers, coaches and library media specialists to a novel way of using programmable drone technology in their elementary and middle school learning spaces. Our goals are to give participants the knowledge, resources and confidence to implement drone-created art projects with their students.

Participants to this Poster session will:

  • Have an understanding of how drone technology enhances the creation of student art

  • Be exposed to the drone and coding software technology (Parrot Mini Drone and Tynker block coding)

  • Understand the Artistic Design Process and how it is utilized to lead students in creating original artwork with drones

  • Understand the five steps of computer programming and how it applies to making art using drones

  • Become familiar with Parrot Mambo Drone controlled with Tynker block coding app on iPad

  • Receive lesson plans delineating how student art projects displayed were completed

  • View documentation in the form of photographs, videos and completed art objects will be evidence of the program’s success

  • Discuss pitfalls when using the drones in a large classroom setting.

  • Acquire a working knowledge of using the drone in the participant’s own classroom, makerspace or library and some troubleshooting tips.

Stephanie Williams and Alexandra Konsur both work at the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit. Stephanie works with website design and information technology, while Alexandra utilizes her knowledge as a licensed drone pilot and certified educator to create unique learning experiences for the districts they serve. They have had over 300 students complete their drone programs.

Supporting research

Drones in Education

Tynker Mobile

The Astounding Power of Athletic Quadcopters

Master of Drones Turns Flying Machines into Performers

Flight Assembled Architecture

When a Drone is a Graffiti Artist

ISTE Standards for Educators

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Alexandra Konsur, NEIU 19
Molly Weber, NEIU 19

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