Drone & STEM is an innovative concept of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) centered on drone technologies for students starting in 9th grade. This educational initiative offers a set of robotic drone solutions in the form of a Drone Kit and an e-learning platform designed for teaching, developing concrete applications and competitions.
The Drone Kit contains all the mechanical, electrical and electronic components required for an A to Z construction using an assembly manual available on the online platform. Equipped with an Open Source flight controller and a telemetry module, it is a real pleasure to see this robotic work taking the form of a superb quadcopter. Once assembled, the drone is a true platform with unlimited applications allowing students to :
To support this learning, 10 micro-modules on drone technologies, rich in media, are made available on the DroneLab online platform. Students can alternate between the construction and the conduct of mini-courses on the why and how of each component. In addition, students perfect their drone piloting skills on a flight simulator which monitors each pilot’s individual progress.
Starting with the e-learning platform rich with modules covering a multitude of drone technology topics, students are challenged to reflect on the whys and hows of each component.
Students work in groups to build their drone using the Drone Kit before configuring a multitude of sensors on an open source software. It is thrilling to see this robotic structure take the shape of a 48cm wingspan quadcopter.
At the end of the building process, students explore and propose solutions for real applications of their drone by selecting from a multitude of modules and sensors they can add to their aerial robot.
In addition, students perfect their drone piloting skills on an individual flight simulator that continuously monitors each pilot’s performance.
The end result is a student who takes thoughtful risks, engages in experiential learning, synthesizes science knowledge, persists in problem-solving, and thrives in collaboration.