Removing Barriers: Drone Programs Improve Student Equity, Access, and Belonging in STEM
As technology continues to advance, so does the importance of understanding and utilizing it. In the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), this is especially true. However, for many students, access to these fields can be limited by a variety of factors such as socioeconomic status or lack of resources in their schools. This is where education-based drone programs come in.
Drones have become increasingly popular in recent years, as their uses have expanded beyond military and commercial purposes, but also for education and research. By incorporating drones into STEM education, students are given the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technology and have hands-on experience in a field that is rapidly growing.
One of the ways that drones are being utilized in education is students being able to design, build, and program their own drones. This not only gives them a sense of ownership over the technology, but also allows them to develop in areas such as problem-solving, teamwork, critical thinking, and communication skills. Additionally, many schools and organizations are also offering drone-specific classes and certifications, giving students even more opportunities to learn and gain valuable skills.
Another way that drones are improving student equity and access to STEM is by providing a way for students to conduct research and gather data in a safe and cost-effective way. Drones can be used to collect data from hard-to-reach areas or in situations where it would be too dangerous for humans to go. This allows students to conduct research and gather data that would otherwise be impossible or too expensive to obtain.
Furthermore, Drones are also providing a new way for students to learn about and understand the world around them. Drones equipped with cameras and sensors can be used to gather data on everything from weather patterns to wildlife populations. This not only allows students to learn about the world in a new and exciting way, but also gives them the opportunity to contribute to real-world research and conservation efforts. Can you think of a better way to engage students and make learning more meaningful?
Drone programs are providing students with the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technology, develop valuable personal and professional skills, and conduct research in a safe, cost-effective way. Additionally, by providing students with access to technology and resources that they may not have otherwise had, drone programs are helping to break down barriers and improve student equity and access to STEM that will launch students into the 21st century workforce.