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The Idaho TSA Drone Competition

The Idaho TSA Drone Competition

Drones are probably one of the greatest emerging technologies that we have. There are a lot of careers available for it, and we now have colleges offering drone degrees for students to go through to become a drone pilot in a lot of different areas.

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The Blocksmith Case Study

The Blocksmith Case Study

Big things are happening at Marsing Elementary School in Marsing, Idaho, where virtual reality has become a staple of their after-school program. Originally a four-day-a-week school, Marsing has been able to secure multiple grants to expand its after-school program into Friday, allowing students an optional fifth day of learning. Beginning last September, Ken Price secured the J.A. and Kathryn Albertsons Foundation grant which bolstered Marsing’s after-school program — but that’s not where Ken’s virtual-reality-in-the-classroom dreams started.

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The Top 5 Trends in Virtual Reality

The Top 5 Trends in Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is changing the tech game. It’s captured the imaginations of designers and developers around the world, new VR startups are popping up every week, and most importantly, the biggest names in the tech industry are getting their hands virtually dirty. It’s the space race all over again, with creators competing against each other, challenging one another to step further into the unknown. There are new advancements, new toys, new industries and brand new innovations hitting the market every day, which means one thing for consumers — there’s tons of new tech and VR trends to get ready for!

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The Secrets to a Successful Drone Program

The Secrets to a Successful Drone Program

So, you’re venturing out to the flight field for the first time. Your students are thrilled, and the class’s excitement is palpable. For most of your aspiring pilots, this will be their introduction to the skies — the keystone to their lifelong love of drones. With these invigorating STEM lessons and permanent social and technical skills under their belts, you’re laying the groundwork for endless career and high education opportunities.

Now, it’s not life or death by any means, but how you handle classroom flight time — especially the first few trips to the flight field — has a huge impact on how your students perceive their drone education. It doesn’t need to be the end-all-be-all, but a well-run UAV experience makes all the difference — not only to the students, but especially to the educators.

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The Mini Drone </br>Buyers Guide

The Mini Drone
Buyers Guide

So, you want to buy a mini drone, or better yet, you’re looking to start a drone program. You’ve done your research, talked with local experts and seen how effective drones are at bringing STEM to elementary learners — you’re ready to lift-off. But, there’s a problem. Drones operate on an entirely different technological plane, and you’ve only begun scratching at the surface of what’s available to you. With a brand new language, cutting-edge technologies and lots of moving parts, it’s hard to know where to start when you’re starting off on your drone journey. And that’s okay! You have countless questions about where to begin or what’s going to be the best for you and your students, and we’ve got your answers.

 

The Mini Drone Buyers Guide is your master key to unlocking the skies.

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The Positive Effects of Elementary Drone Racing

The Positive Effects of Elementary Drone Racing

There’s no denying it — the vast potential of unmanned aerial operations has whipped in-and-out of our daily lives, bringing with it vocational innovation and industry evolution. The STEM careers of tomorrow are being supercharged with the help of drones. But, the job market isn’t the only sector of our lives affected by UAVs.   

Drones are taking over the World of Recreation, with drone racing quickly solidifying itself as the sport of the future. So, what is Drone Racing? 

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Opening the Doors to Career Exploration

Opening the Doors to Career Exploration

The indicators are all there. Goldman Sachs predicts drones to be a 100 million dollar industry by 2020, more and more industries are invigorating their once stagnant practices with the aid of UAVs and drone racing is breaking out as one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Drones are, and will continue to change our world in ways we never thought possible.

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How to Introduce Elementary Students to UAV Technology

How to Introduce Elementary Students to UAV Technology

So, you’ve decided to introduce a drone education program to your elementary students. You’ve done the research, seen what’s available on the market and know that being a pilot isn’t as simple as just firing-up a drone.  You want a program which not only teaches your learners to fly but also immerses them in the safety, skills and regulations of piloting. You need a program that finds a way to marry the fun of flight with the immense opportunities of learning through an aerial robotics platform. Your drone program needs substance. 

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