There is extremely high interest and curiosity in drone technology among students and teachers, but organized information on the topic is difficult to find. Although the Internet is abundant in links and videos on the subject, it is quite a chore to find exactly what you want without doing numerous searches and perusing many articles and videos. DroneCurriculum.net was created to provide accessible high-quality, meaningful curricula rooted in STEM principles and concepts.
We are not a “Drone Academy.” What we offer are multiple “stand-alone” curriculum options for teachers wanting to incorporate some type of drone curriculum into their programs. We have solutions for multiple grade levels — from elementary to middle schools to high schools to college-level needs. We also offer four areas of focus: theory and design, flight skills (by using indoor toy drones), programming the Tello drone, and preparing students to be successful at passing the FAA’s Remote Pilot Certification Exam by teaching the pertinent general knowledge.
* Our “Drone Theory & Design – COMPLETE” curriculum was created to provide students with a basic understanding of drone design concepts and is meant to challenge them with meaningful content and activities. It relies on the “engineering design process” to discuss and problem-solve creative solutions. Our hope is this knowledge will provide a stimulus for the students to further explore the topic and develop their own creations and designs. No outdoor flying skills are part of the “Drone Theory & Design – COMPLETE” curriculum.
* Our “Drone Theory & Design – LITE” curriculum was created as a “lighter” version of the full “Drone Theory & Design – COMPLETE” curriculum. This version has been truncated to 8 Units while retaining meaningful content. This version also comes with the option to use Flight Simulators or use the Ready-to-Fly indoor toy drones. “Drone Theory & Design – LITE” is perfect for after-school and summer programs, or for schools who want to incorporate drone design into their current coursework without devoting an entire semester. No outdoor flying skills are part of the “Drone Theory & Design – LITE” curriculum.
* Our “Remote Pilot Certification” prep curriculum covers all of the specific textbook information needed to successfully pass the FAA’s General Knowledge Test (such as effects of weather, reading latitude and longitude coordinates, etc.). Because the Part 107 Exam is an objective multiple-choice test and does not require a demonstration of flight competency, no operation of drones that are under FAA oversight are part of our “Remote Pilot” curriculum.
* Our “Drone Programming with the Tello” curriculum covers all aspects of programming the Tello drone for autonomous flight either from a computer or mobile device. This curriculum comes in two versions: (1) BASIC for grades 4-6 covering drag-and-drop programming, and (2) ADVANCED for grades 7-12 which covers both drag-and-drop and text-based programming languages. The activities with the Tello drone are written for indoors, therefore they are not under FAA oversight.
* Our “Learn-to-Fly” 8-Unit curriculum does not incorporate the engineering design process, but it is perfect for certain situations as a stand-alone option. Two dedicated internal Units focus on progressive indoor activities intended to enhance flight skills. The toy drones recommended for the “Learn-to-Fly curriculum are intended to be flown indoors only. Because the flying occurs indoors, these units are not under FAA oversight.
* Our “Drone Essentials” curriculum was created as a cost-effective way to introduce drone theory and flight basics into your current curriculum. It is also perfect for schools that are not allowed to fly actual drones on campus because there is an option to purchase Flight Simulators along with the curriculum to provide your students with a meaningful application of their knowledge. No outdoor flying skills are part of our “Drone Essentials” curriculum.
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Drone System Technologies LLC
3983 S McCarran Blvd #534
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