Engineering Activities

Engineering Activities

Learn to Fly! UAV Flight School activity

Students learn basic aviation terminology and practice flying with a mock flight simulator in preparation for flying a UAV or "drone".

Learn to Fly! UAV First Flight activity

Students begin to learn basics of flying UAVs/drones. This simple initial flight includes a take-off, hovering at different heights, and landing.

Learn to Fly! Aerial Maneuvers with a UAV activity

Students learn basic maneuvers with a UAV, flying forward and back, left and right.

UAV Performance Test: Battery Lifetime activity

Students test the battery life for UAVs ("drones") in preparation for more advanced "missions" and challenges.

UAV Carry Payload activity

Students test the ability of a UAV ("drone") to lift and carry a weight. The weight simulates a payload, such as sensors or supplies, transported by the UAV.

UAV Retrieve Payload activity

Students use a UAV to pick up and carry a small payload, retrieving it from the far side of the room. Students design a "skyhook" to grab the payload.

UAV Challenge: Aerial Survey of a Disaster Area activity

Students will fly their UAVs over a scale-model town that has been struck with a disaster, surveying the damage via a camera on the UAV.

Planning a Disaster Relief Mission: Storyboarding activity

Students plan a disaster relief mission employing a UAV (drone) by filling in a comic book-like storyboard of engineering design steps.

UAV delivering payload - skyhook with basket

Students deliver a payload (representing disaster relief aid) using a UAV (drone) after designing a skyhook to carry and release the payload.

UAV Test Speed activity

Measure the speed of a flying UAV (drone).

How high is my drone flying? activity

Measure and calculate the height (altitude) of a flying UAV (drone).

A 3d View from a Drone: Make a 3d model from your photos

A 3d View from a Drone: Make a 3d model from your photos

Comparing Images	from Drones with Satellite Images activity

Students compare satellite images with photos they take with a UAV (drone).

Ideas for Educational Activities with UAVs ("drones")
This list provides brief descriptions of eight ideas for educational activities using UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or "drones". 
UAV Science Project and Science Fair Template
This template helps students plan an investigation or science fair project. The template provides guidance for following the engineering design process while conducting an investigation using UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or "drones"). This template translates the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Science & Engineering Practices process into a usable science fair template.
NCAR Glider

Students test a glider's launch design, payload, and atmospheric wind conditions that could favorably or negataively impact the pilot's intention to provide rescue supplies to a mountain community in need.  

Bird's Eye View

In this activity, students engage in the Engineering Design Process and test and evaluate a prototype of a payload to be carried by the glider for recovery efforts following a natural disaster that has left the area inassessible.