Students begin to learn basics of flying UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or "drones"). This simple initial flight includes a takeoff, hovering at different heights, and landing.
We recommend that students complete the Learn to Fly! UAV Flight School activity as a prerequisite to this activity. In that activity, students learn basic aviation terminology and UAV controls that serve as a foundation for this activity.
This activity was created by Randy Russell and John Ristvey of the UCAR Center for Science Education as part of Engineering Experiences, a National Science Foundation-funded ITEST project (Award #1513102) with the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL). Engineering Experiences is designed to introduce and engage middle-school students to engineering during out-of-school time, and foster long-term interest and pathways into the field. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this activity are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
This activity is best suited for students in middle or high school and could be adapted for upper elementary students.