Coding with Drones

  • 3,295.00 USD
More Coding? Count Us In!

Coding with Drones combines Tello drones and a library of application-based, scaffolded online curriculum resources for educators. With 100+ programming missions and 10 fully-reusable indoor drones, Coding with Drones perfectly melds computer science with one of the fastest-growing technologies, preparing learners for the drone-filled future. Students block code missions in DroneBlocks, test their code from anywhere in the DroneBlocks Tello Simulator and progress to line-coding in the exclusive DroneBlocks Code application. From applying algebra and geometry in flight missions to exploring Python and JavaScript programming, put the power of flight into the hands of learners with multiple coding languages and top-of-the-line mini drones.

Subject Targets:

Technology, Robotics & Coding, Math Connections 

Technical Requirements:

Block Coding DroneBlocks Courses:

  • 10 compatible devices (one per drone) running the DroneBlocks app and 1 compatible device running the Tello app.
  • The DroneBlocks app requires the use of a Wifi-enabled smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, desktop or laptop running Android, iOS or ChromeOS. (Note: DroneBlocks is not compatible with FireOS, the operating system for Amazon tablets.)
  • The Tello app required for firmware updates requires the use of a Wifi-enabled smartphone running Android or iOS. (Note: the Tello app is not compatible with most tablets).

Line Coding Courses such as Programming with Python:

  • 10 devices (one per drone) running Windows, OSX or Linux and 1 compatible device running the Tello app.

Curriculum Topics:

  • DroneBlocks Introductory Course
  • Introduction to Tello Drone Programming
  • Advanced Tello Drone Programming with DroneBlocks
  • OpenCV, Python, and DroneBlocks for Tello Camera Control
  • Tello Drone Programming with Python
  • Node-RED Programming with Tello and Tello EDU
  • Introduction to JavaScript Programming with DroneBlocks Code
  • Tello & Art Present: Dance
  • Tello Challenge from Italy with Mr. Torelli
  • Troubleshooting Tello

The DroneBlocks environment is always changing. Subscriptions unlock access to the new courses and content released frequently, ensuring highly-relevant drone-based learning year-round.

Product Orientation:

  • Half hour free webinar orientation for purchases of $500+
  • One hour free webinar orientation for purchases of $1000+
  • Additional training available for purchase

Complete Program Includes:

Coding with Drones includes a 1-year site license to DroneBlocks that provides up to 10 educators with access to a library of digital curriculum resources. Access to a virtual drone simulator and the DroneBlocks Code app is also included for an unlimited number of students, along with the following supplies::

  • PCS Edventures Tello Flight Manual: 1
  • Storage tub: 1
  • LiPo safe storage bags: 2
  • Tello carrying cases: 10
  • Tello drones: 10
  • LiPo batteries: 30
  • USB charging cables: 10
  • Extra prop guards (4ct): 10
  • 4-Port battery multi-chargers: 5

Common Core State Standards:

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2. Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.6. Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.7. Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q and x are all nonnegative rational numbers.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.C.9. Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation. For example, in a problem involving motion at constant speed, list and graph ordered pairs of distances and times, and write the equation d = 65t to represent the relationship between distance and time.


  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.F.A.1. Understand that a function is a rule that assigns to each input exactly one output. The graph of a function is the set of ordered pairs consisting of an input and the corresponding output.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.F.A.3. Interpret the equation y = mx + b as defining a linear function, whose graph is a straight line.


  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.C.5. Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.G.B.5. Use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multi-step problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.G.B.8. Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSG.SRT.C.8. Use trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems.

The Number System:

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.5. Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.6. Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.8. Solve real-world and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Include use of coordinates and absolute value to find distances between points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate.


© Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

Idaho Computer Science Standards:

While computer science standards vary from state-to-state, we hope this list of the Idaho State Standards provides a useful starting point for your alignment.

Algorithms and Programming:

  • 3-5.AP.06. Construct and test problem solutions using a block-based visual programming language, both independently and collaboratively (e.g. pair programming).
  • 6-8.AP.02. Compare different algorithms that may be used to solve the same problem by time and space efficiency.
  • 9-10.AP.01. Design and develop a software artifact by leading, initiating, and participating in a team (e.g. pair programming, agile software development).
  • 9-10.AP.03. Compare a variety of programming languages available to solve problems and develop systems.
  • 9-10.AP.06. Understand the notion of hierarchy and abstraction in high-level languages, translation, instruction sets, and logic circuits.
  • 9-10.AP.09. Demonstrate code reuse by creating programming solutions using APIs and libraries (e.g. using text to speech in App Inventor, using Twitter API).
  • 9-10.AP.18. Evaluate and improve program quality using various debugging and testing methods and examine the difference between verification and validation.
  • 11-12.AP.04. Modify an existing program to add additional functionality and discuss the positive and negative implications (e.g., breaking other functionality).

Computing Systems:

  • 3-5.CS.02. Identify, using accurate terminology, simple hardware and software problems and apply strategies for solving these problems (e.g. rebooting the device, checking the power, access to the network, read error messages, discuss problems with peers and adults).
  •  9-10.CS.04. Demonstrate the multiple levels of abstraction that support program execution including programming languages, translations, and low-level systems including the fetch-execute cycle (e.g. model, dance, create a play/presentation).

Data Analysis:

  • 9-10.DA.06. Convert between binary, decimal, octal, and hexadecimal representations of data.

Impacts of Computing:

  • 9-10.IC.04. Describe how computer science shares features with creating and designing an artifact such as in music and art.
  • 9-10.IC.10. Explain how computer science fosters innovation and enhances other careers and disciplines.
  • 11-12.IC.01 Understand the ecosystem of open source software development and its impact on global collaboration through an open-source software project (e.g.

Networks and Internet:

  • 9-10.NI.02. Illustrate the basic components of computer networks, protocols and routing (e.g. team based activities which may include drawing a diagram of a network including routers, switches, local networks, and end user computing devices, creating models with string and paper, see CS unplugged activities).

Click links below to view files:

Request Proposal

Questions about Coding with Drones? Want to request a proposal for a purchase order?
Our STEM experts are here to help! Click the button below to get in touch.

Request Quote

Newsletter Sign-Up

Sign up to receive product alerts, webinar invitations, STEM resources and exclusive offers.


Request Quote

Speak with a Product Specialist to find the best Enrichment Solutions for your environment.

Find out

Catalogs & Brochures

Take this website on the go with a Catalog or Brochure tuned to your STEM needs.


Curriculum Samples

See each course in action with a FREE sample of any product you're interested in.