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Drones in Education Have High Flying Results

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 24, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: 108AB

Jonathan Jarc   Leah LaCrosse  
From programming ready-made drones in Coding Club to building and racing DIY drones, we will share reasoning, roll out, learning curves and outcomes. We'll share student interaction, aerial photography and 3D printing drones with product suggestions and contact information for getting started with curriculum to begin your program.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

We plan to give participants a starting point for using drones in the classroom. If they are looking to bring small, preassembled drones in, utilize bigger outdoor drones, or get into drone building and racing, we have the pathways to get them on track.

Participants will understand the necessary technology, investment in time, and skills necessary for each of these levels by the end of the session. Recommendations for equipment will help participants plan for a financially responsible drone experience that also provides quality of materials.

Participants will have access to flight planning documents, safety protocol, and student drone piloting resources. These resources will help alleviate much of the startup stress in using drones and help encourage educator focus on the curriculum and social benefits of drones.


Participants will get a view of how drone technology can be effectively brought into the classroom at various levels. Showcasing various ways that we have engaged students with drones will be done by outlining our experiences with students.

First, we will begin by sharing entry-level use of drones with Parrot and DJI Tello drones in the classroom to teach physics concepts, engage in engineering challenges, and work with coding. Resources and apps that we use will be shared with the participants as well as curricular ideas and video showing student work. This conversation will take around 20 minutes as it is the level that most educators are interested in starting. Sharing resources in the Google folder, demonstrating light coding with a small drone and showing student images, videos, and testimonials will help convey the content.

Next, we will delve into using upper-level drones for aerial photography and problem-based challenges. From using drones to map the estuary waters in Huron, Ohio to capturing roof footage for maintenance inspection, we have ways to engage students in the safe, structured, and meaningful use of drones. Curriculum and flight checklists will be shared for these adventures. This conversation will take another 20 minutes with more resources, video (especially aerial), and student testimonials.

Finally, adding a level of DIY drone building and racing will inspire participants to get in the game. The social-emotional benefits to students combined with the building and problem-solving skills make this part of drones in education very powerful. Sharing the drone racing season flow and highlights will give participants a starting point for getting involved. This 15-minute conversation will be full of racing highlights, as well as resources to start competing and hosting races.

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Jonathan Jarc, Saint Ignatius High School
Leah LaCrosse, Huron City Schools

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