When you think about ways to use drones, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Chances are it’s not education, but that’s about to change.
Steve Wozniak’s K-12 Education program Woz ED recently announced a strategic partnership with Draganfly, an award-winning, industry-leading drone solution company, to bring drones into the classroom as an educational tool. With the proliferation of technology in all job fields, building early tech skills becomes just as important as learning math, science, and history. “Having an industry leader like Draganfly as a partner will give our kids the opportunity to learn from the best with real life experience and expertise,” said Wozniak.
From interactive whiteboards to the laptops and Chromebooks children use for schoolwork, technology is always present in the classroom. However, it’s used as a tool rather than a learning opportunity. Children may be digital natives, but that’s only in terms of using technology, not creating it or working with it. They aren’t born with an innate knowledge of coding, programming, or building tech. These skills need to be taught, which is where drones come in.
I had the chance to talk with CEO of Draganfly, Cameron Chell, to learn more about the ways drones are being used in education.
Chell explained that one of the main benefits of this type of education is the additional value it provides to students in the future. It’s not that we’re expecting all of these kids to become drone operators, it’s that they’re learning valuable skills through the program that they can use throughout their careers. The drone education program builds critical thinking and problem solving skills in addition to technical skills, which will benefit them on any career path they choose.