Adam Low Demonstrates Drone Flying at UAV Conference in Nerve Belfast

Adam Low Demonstrates Drone Flying at UAV Conference in Nerve Belfast

On March 27, Nerve Belfast hosted a one day conference on UAVs and STEM Learning, organised by Capita. The conference was attended by teachers, educators and community representatives keen to learn how UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), better known as drones, are being increasingly used within the education and community sector.
 
The conference was led by three distinguished educators with vast experience of using UAVs within classroom learning in Alaska and Hawaii - Dr John Monahan, Dr Mark Standley and Adam Low. The event was chaired by Steve Moss.
 
Dr John Monahan gave a presentation on “Establishing a STEM programme in your school” focused on The Modern Blanket Toss project, a programme to bring cutting edge drone technology to Alaska’s rural high schools. Named after an Inupiat Eskimo tradition of tossing a person skyward via a taut blanket to spot faraway game, the three year project is aimed at engaging students in remote rural communities in a STEM curriculum through the use of UAVs for environmental science investigations.
 
'The purpose of the project is to expose students to science-related activities that broaden their horizons,' John Monahan explained. “It’s meant to be something captivating that’s fascinating and interesting to them, and gives them a hook on what a possible future career could be.”
 
Adam Low shared his passion for using drones to promote STEM education and gave practical examples of how the science and technology behind drones can be used to inspire hands-on learning. As well explaining the different options available to teachers interested in acquiring a drone and the policies and procedures involved in learning to fly them, Adam treated participants to a practical demonstration of drone flying using several of Nerve Belfast’s UAVs.
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