Is there a place for drones in the non-STEM curriculum?
While drones are a great way to develop students’ technical skills they also have a place within non-STEM subjects. I particularly like the idea of using drones for kinesthetic mapping in social studies (hat tip Heather Wolpert-Gawron). That said, the current CASA guidelines stipulate that drones should not be flown closer than thirty metres to buildings or at all over populous areas such as sport ovals. This means that for most schools in Australia, the use of any kind of drone apart from a small indoor drone is still illegal.
How about drone footage?
Drone footage is readily available on YouTube and can be used to help students in both STEM and non-STEM subjects visualize events and concepts which may otherwise seem abstract to them.
But kinesthetic mapping with drones is such a cool idea!
I am preparing an activity at the moment which involves kinesthetic mapping and I have found My Maps and BYOD mobile devices to be an excellent ‘drone substitute’ in this instance – in fact they actually better suit the learning objectives of this particular activity. Here is my first draft – comments (either on the blog or directly in the Google Doc) are welcome.