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Drones: In the Curriculum and Beyond

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, November 30, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Alicia Conroy  
Dr. Kevin Merges  

Implementing drones into the curriculum allows students to learn engineering, computer science, robotics and aeronautics skills. With these skills, students have the opportunity to obtain drone commercial pilot's licenses, gain employment in industries that include construction, defense, real estate and prepare for jobs that do not exist yet.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Emergent technologies
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The audience will learn how to implement, maintain and grow a Drone program within the curriculum at their school. We will be discussing the problems we faced as well as the successes we encountered. We will also talk about strategies for keeping students engaged, technical considerations and issues with other logistics in a drone program. Our discussions will also incorporate our experience with "PCS edventures" and their curriculum.

Supporting research

Carnahan, Christopher, et al. Drones in Education: Let Your Students' Imaginations Soar. International Society for Technology in Education, 2016.

Chou, Pao-Nan. “Smart Technology for Sustainable
Curriculum: Using Drone to Support Young Students’ Learning.” Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 10, 2018, p. 3819., doi:10.3390/su10103819.

“Integrating Drone Technology in STEM Education: A Case Study to Assess Teachers’ Readiness and Training Needs.” Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, vol. 16, 2019, pp. 061–070., doi:10.28945/4288.

PCS edventures! (

Wong, Wylie, and Cdw. “Drones Take Their Place in the K–12 Classroom.” Technology Solutions That Drive Education, 5 June 2019,

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Alicia Conroy, Rutgers Preparatory School
Dr. Kevin Merges, Rutgers Preparatory School

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