Voting period for this idea type has passed Hands on the Future in the Classroom

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, have an enormous capacity to facilitate classroom learning. Used primarily as research tools, drones are having an impact across many disciplines, from agriculture to engineering. This panel will feature prominent drone experts and educators who are taking advantage of drone technology in today’s classrooms. Professors Matt Waite (University of Nebraska), Todd Humphreys (University of Texas), and Ryan Calo (University of Washington) will discuss how drone technology fits into their core curriculum – journalism, geonavigation, and robotics, respectively – and how drones can be used to help with important STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Drone expert and attorney Amie Stepanovich (Electronic Privacy Information Center, EPIC) joins the panel as moderator to highlight the importance of teaching responsibility to future drone operators. EPIC has called for comprehensive privacy legislation related to drone use in the U.S.

Learning Objectives

  1. What are drones? What capabilities do drones possess? What makes drones different?
  2. What are the costs and benefits of drone technology in the classroom? How can professors use drones as an aid to their curriculum and to enhance the learning experience for students?
  3. As drones continue to be used in classroom environments, and students become more comfortable with drone technology, what other skills will have to be covered that are not currently part of the curriculum?



Amie Stepanovich, Associate Litigation Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center

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