The Royal Aeronautical Society announced that the Australian STEM programme, Shemaps, and its partners, were going to be at their headquarters on Wednesday 9 January 2019. They were there to offer girls in UK secondary schools the chance to take part in a Drone Teaser Day. We were delighted to be one of the chosen schools.
Our first trip of the new year was to the Royal Aeronautical Society Headquarters with 24 Year 7 girls to take part in this very special one off event. Students were immersed in an ‘edutainment’ experience that took them on the journey of a day in the life of a geospatial scientist and drone pilot. Students explored different applications of drones before they embarked on their mission to capture aerial photography over a disaster-stricken town. Core learning stages included safety, manual flight, and coding for autonomous flight. This unique, girls only opportunity was planned and delivered by Shemaps, James Cook University Australia, and the University of Exeter.
In this current climate with two recent drone sightings which closed two major UK airports, the girls were able to see the pros and cons of drones and understand some of what goes into this fascinating new technology.