Teachers learn to pilot and code drones
The cafeteria and gym at Lowell Scott Middle School were roaring with sounds that many would find familiar. In the gym, Harry Potter and a member of Slytherin chased the Golden Snitch. In one corner of the cafeteria, SpongeBob Squarepants danced with his jellyfish friends while another corner saw a shark chasing its prey.
That’s what the teachers put on display during the drone performance showcase, one of the culminating events for a three-day drone training for Idaho teachers. The drone training was hosted by PCS Edventures with funding by the Idaho STEM Action Center.
In total, 46 teachers took the training, which had locations in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Pocatello. The teachers left with a classroom kit that came with six drones and curriculum to implement in
Michelle Victor, the director of STEM development for PCS Edventues, said the drone class was focused on approaching drone technology from an arts angle and most of the teachers at Wednesday’s showcase were at the elementary level. The training was modeled after what is done at Verity Studios, which uses drones for shows like concerts or even as art installations.
“We are always looking to find ways to get all kids encouraged into STEM,” she said.