As part of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program's (ANSEP) STEM Career Explorations, 48 middle school students across Alaska recently studied unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.
At the five-day residential camp, students studied the UAV career field by participating in several hands-on activities, including ANSEP's newest STEM learning project: building and testing unmanned aircraft.
Led by UAV industry professionals, students divided into groups of three and constructed a model aircraft. At the end of the week, students tested the drones through a competition that required them to operate the aircraft through an indoor course, pick up an object and bring it back to the starting location.
“We’re always looking for innovative ways to inspire young Alaskans to pursue science and engineering degrees,” says Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder, ANSEP founder and vice provost. “The new UAV activity allows ANSEP students at all levels to get hands-on engineering experience while learning about a developing industry in Alaska.”