AACS was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Associations for a Discover Drones Classroom Pack. This will be incorporated as a major unit in our Engineering 2 Course at the Upper School. In addition, several aspects of the kit can be applied to Engineering 1, as well as Foundations of Technology course.
Mrs. Madelyn Smith, who teaches the engineering classes, selected this kit for several reasons. First, drone technology is current and relevant. It introduces students to a new industry and potential career paths, from piloting to engineering to programming. The engaging and interactive nature of the drones is project-based, 21st century, hands-on, and exciting. The lessons naturally integrate programming, physics, flight simulation, building and configuring, and electronics. Since the kit includes an instructor’s guide, curriculum content, assessment, assembly opportunities, and flight simulation practice, it provides a blended learning opportunity that fosters student independence.
Thank you to the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association for this generous donation.