On a mission to take learning and scientific exploration to new heights, 3D Robotics has launched its new DroneEDU program, which will take drone technology to the classroom.
The program offers free and discounted drone hardware, along with sponsorships, classroom support and partnerships to assist students, teachers and schools in deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for advanced learning and exploration in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
‘UAV technology can have an incredible impact in scientific study, with real-world applications in solving both historical mysteries and modern global challenges,’ says Brandon Basso, vice president of software engineering at 3DR.
‘To realize that potential, we want to put UAVs in the hands of the next generation of innovators,” he explains. “This program is designed to provide access to these exciting, engaging and versatile tools for STEM education for students at all levels of education, from grade school through post-graduate study.’
3DR says it has already sponsored several university UAV programs, including Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. Both schools have signed on as DroneEDU launch partners.
DroneEDU comprises four components:
- Autonomy unleashed: 3DR will offer hundreds of autopilot sponsorships to educational clubs, organizations, departments, competitions and teams worldwide. Programs in elementary through post-graduate levels can receive up to three autopilots by submitting a proposed use case. Products will ship to qualified applicants as stock becomes available.
- Product discounts: Available to college and university professors, program administrators, and enrolled students for the purchase of a 3DR drone or component technology for classroom or program use. To qualify, applicants must enroll for a discount code with a valid .edu email address from any accredited institution.
- Degree-level partnerships and sponsorships: A select number of supported product- and beta-testing opportunities for universities offering certifications and advanced degrees in robotics, GIS and other UAV-related fields.
- 3DR speakers' bureau: 3DR's technology experts will provide drone demonstrations, keynotes and/or special sessions on integrating UAV technology into new educational fields as availability allows.
More information can be found here.