Discover Drones Base Packages
High-flying STEM at its finest!
Drones capture stunning aerial photography, save lives in modern-day search and rescue missions, collect snot samples from whales for scientific research, inspect vast agricultural landscapes, survey crocodile-infested waters, thrill spectators in FPV racing, bring medical supplies to war-torn areas and deliver pizzas in New Zealand. The world has fallen in love with them, and we’re sure your students will too.
In Discover Drones, your learning environment will experience first-hand the world’s fastest-growing technology. Starting with collaborative learning and scaffolded lessons in engineering, iterative design and applied science, students begin by building RubiQ, their modular, open-source training drone. After learning the safety regulations and procedures surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles, they’ll then start with the basics of flight, first becoming comfortable on a training simulator before moving onto line-of-sight piloting. After mastering RubiQ’s controls, it’s time for students to don their First-Person View (FPV) goggles for multiple extensions, experiencing exactly what super-charged STEM is like.
Discover Drones flourishes with the PCS Edventures cutting-edge curriculum, LABCards. The LABCard approach is intended to provide a tool that enables a more student-directed experience. Educators are empowered to provide more facilitation, coaching and mentoring as students work independently and in their own fashion. To keep interest piqued, each card includes a mix of different activities for learners to flow between. From whole group discussions and time for teams to work together on their drone to individual quizzes and flight simulator practice, every LABCard is unique, engaging and downright fun!
Coupled with hands-on, experiential learning, Discover Drones also utilizes the online educational app, Droneology, a fast-paced, interactive online course that prepares pilots of all skill levels for safe and responsible drone entertainment. Droneology covers topics of safety, laws and regulations, flight basics and the many uses of drones! This digital course is optimized for use on mobile devices, allowing easy access from phones, tablets or computers, anytime, anywhere.
From learning to piece RubiQ together to making death-defying aerial maneuvers, Discover Drones is the trailblazing educational tool your learning environment needs. Preparing students for the future of UAVs and careers that haven’t even been invented, it’s time to take flight.
Are you ready for high-flying education?
Club Base Package:
Includes 2 drones, 2 pairs of FPV goggles, 2 radio controllers and all necessary components to get you flying!
Students: Up to 10
Contact Hours: 30+
Classroom Base Package:
Includes 5 drones, 2 pairs of FPV goggles, 2 radio controllers and all necessary components to get you flying!
Students: Up to 25
Contact Hours: 30+
Physical Science, Technology
- After-school programs
- Tech Ed classrooms
- Robotics clubs
- Drone racing teams
YELLOW Level 1: BUILD
- Essential Drone Knowledge
- RubiQ Drone Construction
- Wave Behavior and Electron Flow
- Laws, Regulations and Coordinating Groups
ORANGE Level 2: TRAIN
- Flight Simulator and Radio Controls
- Radio and Flight Controller Configuration
- Electrochemistry of LiPo Batteries
- Ethics, Drones and the Future
PURPLE Level 3: FLY
- Flight Safety
- Line-of-Sight Piloting Skills
- Motor and Sensor Calibration
- Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
BLUE Level 4: RACE
- FPV Piloting Skills
- Bernoulli’s Principle and Newton’s Third Law
- Airfoils and Angle of Attack
- Racer’s Mindset
Each Lesson Includes:
- Scaffolded Student LABCards
- Safety Guidelines
- Instructor Prep & Schedule
- Step-by-Step Lesson Instructions
- Topic Backgrounds & Assessments
- Materials List
- Half-hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
- One-hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
- In-house and on-site additional training options are available. Contact PCS Edventures for more information.
Club Base Package
- 2 RubiQs, PCS Edventures cutting-edge educational drone*
- All parts and tools needed for assembly
- 4 spare motors (2 per RubiQ drone)
- 2 radio controllers with the ability to tether
- 2 sets of FPV goggles
- 10 pairs of safety glasses
- 50 licenses for PCS drone pilot certification course, Droneology
- 10 controllers for flight simulator
- 10 licenses for flight simulator software, FPV FreeRider
- 3 LiPo-safe storage bags for batteries
- 4 LiPo batteries (2200 mAh 35C 3S)
- 2 LiPo battery chargers with balance, charge, discharge and storage functions
- 4 Compartmentalized storage bins with lids
- Drone Educator Guide
- 2 sets Discover Drones LABCard curriculum (20-card set)
- 2 sets step-by-step drone building instructions
- 2 expanding folders to hold all curriculum pages
Classroom Base Package
- 5 RubiQs, PCS Edventures cutting-edge educational drone*
- All parts and tools needed for assembly
- 10 spare motors (2 per RubiQ drone)
- 2 radio controllers with the ability to tether
- 2 sets of FPV goggles
- 25 pairs of safety glasses
- 100 licenses for PCS drone pilot certification course, Droneology
- 25 controllers for flight simulator
- 25 licenses for flight simulator software, FPV FreeRider
- 4 LiPo-safe storage bags for batteries
- 10 LiPo batteries (2200 mAh 35C 3S)
- 4 LiPo battery chargers with balance, charge, discharge and storage functions
- 9 Compartmentalized storage bins with lids
- Drone Educator Guide
- 5 sets Discover Drones LABCard curriculum (20-card set)
- 5 sets step-by-step drone building instructions
- 5 expanding folders to hold all curriculum pages
*Each RubiQ model features an FPV camera, GPS, Built-in accelerometer, barometer and compass, Brushless 2200KV Motors With Built-In ESC and Programmable RGB LED Board.
Habits of Mind
16 “thinking habits” developed by Art Costa and Bena Kallick to empower students to succeed in a 21st-century learning environment.
• Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
• Managing Impulsivity
• Striving for Accuracy
• Taking Responsible Risks
• Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
• Thinking Interdependently
21st Century Skills
A set of widely-applicable abilities essential for success in the information age.
• Communication and Collaboration
• Creativity and Innovation
• Initiative and Self-Direction
• Media, Information and Technology Literacy
© 2018 Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), p21.org. All Rights Reserved. P21 was not involved in the production of this product and does not endorse it.
Next Generation Science Standards
- NGSS HS-ETS1-1: Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
- NGSS HS-ETS1-2: Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
- NGSS HS-PS1-1: Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass and its acceleration.
- NGSS HS-PS1-5: Apply scientific principles and evidence to provide an explanation about the effects of changing the temperature or concentration of the reacting particles on the rate at which a reaction occurs.
- NGSS HS-PS2-6: Communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials.
- NGSS HS-PS3-1: Create a computational model to calculate the change in energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known.
- NGSS HS-PS3-2: Develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic level can be accounted for as a combination of energy associated with the motions of particles (objects) and energy associated with the relative positions of particles (objects).
- NGSS HS-PS3-3: Design, build and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.
- NGSS HS-PS4-2: Evaluate questions about the advantages of using a digital transmission and storage of information.
- NGSS HS-PS4-3: Evaluate the claims, evidence and reasoning behind the idea that electromagnetic radiation can be described either as a wave model or a particle model, and that for some situations one model is more useful than the others.
- NGSS HS-PS4-5: Communicate technical information about how some technological devices use the principles of wave behavior and wave interactions with matter to transmit and capture information and energy.
*NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.
International Society for Technology in Education
- ISTE.1.c: Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
- ISTE.2.b: Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
- ISTE.3.a: Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
- ISTE.1.d: Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability
- to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
- ISTE.3.d: Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
- ISTE.6.a: Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
- ISTE.6.b: Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
- ISTE.7.c: Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.
- ISTE.7.d: Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
© 2018 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). All Rights Reserved. ISTE was not involved in the production of this product and does not endorse it.
Michelle Fisher is the Director of STEM Development. She has worked in STEM education as a classroom teacher, delivering content ranging from middle school math and robotics to high school biology and college-level chemistry. Michelle graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University and earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Willamette University in 2013. She worked closely with the talented team of educators, drone racers and aviation experts who contributed to the project to develop a quadcopter and write a curriculum that would make both teachers and students fall in love with drones.
Nikki Servatius served as the Director of Labs at PCS Edventures! While running drone summer camps and leading Drone Month at the Edventures LAB, Nikki personally field-tested and refined the PCS drone curriculum through countless hours of teaching, building, flying and laughing along with PCS students. She attended the University of Idaho and received a BS in Environmental Policy and Planning before becoming an Environmental Education and Science Teacher at Nature’s Classroom in Colebrook, Connecticut. After a year of teaching, the world called her abroad, so Nikki joined the Peace Corps as an Education Volunteer. She had the opportunity of being stationed in a rural village in Tanzania for 27 months where she taught biology and physics at an all-girls secondary school. She now has a Masters in STEM Education and teaches math and computer science at an alternative high school, where she continues to spread her passion for hands-on learning experiences
Conrad “Furadi” Miller Furadi started competing in drone racing in September 2015 although he was involved in the sport for a year prior. His very first race was the Las Vegas Underground put on by Adam Negron and MultiGP. He was the favorite going into the race and took the win due to his year of experience practicing in a low ceiling parking garage. He’s since competed in 3 International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) races, 2 Drone Racing League (DRL) races and a Drone Nationals qualifier where he took 2nd place. He was also one of 32 pilots invited to Dubai all expenses paid for the World Drone Prix. Furadi is the founder of the Facebook group, “Boise FPV” which he uses to promote drone racing in Boise ID and gathers pilots to hold drone races in the local area. Furadi is well known in the drone industry for being very active on social media and being a source for people seeking information or unbiased data on new equipment that hits the market. Due to his social media presence and speed on the race track, Furadi is considered one of the top drone racing pilots in the world. Conrad joined Thrust-UAV in June 2016 in a Drone Tech Support role and Race Team Member and has helped support the development of the educational drone racing
Chris “Hazak” Haskins Hazak began his racing career in October 2014. He won his first race at the Utah cup 2015, 2nd place at MultiGP Covington “Cave Race” in 2016 and is a featured Pilot with DRL. Chris has participated in 3 races with the top pilots in the world to earn season points. The pilots with most points qualify for the World Championship race, where it’s winner-take-all. So far Chris has completed Level 1 “Miami lights,” Level 2 “LA apocalypse” and Level 3 “Project Manhattan.”Chris and his 13-year-old daughter Cadence, “KrazyK”, challenge each other weekly at the Boise FPV races. She is an up and coming pilot on the JV racing team and hoping soon to challenge Sorell for a chance on the varsity race team. Chris joined Thrust UAV in March of 2016 as the Production Manager and has a strong technical background in information systems and computer science. Working in the Thrust-UAV R&D department, Chris is excited to release the Riot 250R Pro which he believes will become the number one high-performance racing drone on the market.
The PCS Drone Advisory Committee:
This team of professionals from a diverse range of industries was assembled to guide the development of Droneology and educational PCS drone products. Each member brought with them years of experience and knowledge from their prospective industry related to the development of the PCS Edventures Drone products.
- Ted Thompson, an active pilot and aviation instructor, retired military pilot, as well as rural airport manager, brought expertise related to flying and FAA regulations.
- David Becker, a retired engineer as well as a pilot, brought many years of engineering experience from the industry side related to controls and navigation.
- EJ Duarte, an accomplished designer and drone production owner, brought his knowledge from the private sector and the actual drone pilot experience. He has participated in many regional and national drone competitions throughout the US and international races.
- Jim Schmidt, Ed. D., a recognized K-12 administrator and educator of 30 years, brought his knowledge of the educational system and how drones could be applied in an educational setting.
- Robert Grover, long-time EVP of PCS Edventures, contributed to the development of both racing drones and educational STEM curriculum for the world market.
- Dahlton Grover, a global studies graduate with experience in STEM education and technology, used the input from the committee to develop and maintain the Droneology Ed! App.
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