Georgia School Launches UAV Program in Partnership with City of Peachtree Corners


The City of Peachtree Corners, Ga., has partnered with the new Paul Duke STEM High School to develop the school’s drone program.

The new Paul Duke STEM High School, the first STEM-focused high school in Gwinnett County, opened its doors in August 2018. Thanks to the school’s collaboration with the city and Prototype Prime – the city’s start-up incubator – the new Paul Duke STEM High School was awarded a 2019 Infinite Energy STEAM Education Grant of $2,000.

The money will be used to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program, designed to engage students in designing, building and operating drones. With the city’s support, students will be working with the Public Works Department to deploy drones to assist with storm-water inspections.

“The UAV program is a natural extension of our STEM curriculum,” says Jonathan Wetherington, the school’s principal. “Students apply their knowledge from classes in math, physics, engineering and the arts to specific, real-world drone applications. Thanks to the support of Peachtree Corners and Prototype Prime, our students have meaningful projects waiting for them.”

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