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DroneTECH Educators Workshop: "Taking Your Drone to School"
#: UAST 8010   ID: TRF-Aero   Section: August 3-5  
Northland Aerospace has led Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Geospatial Information Technology (UAS and GIT) education developments since 2010 with the launch of the nation’s first UAS Maintenance Training Program.  Northland Aerospace, currently has the only 2-year Geospatial Intelligence Analysis degree program and launched a small UAS Field Service Technician degree program in 2017.
Northland has also been awarded multiple National Science Foundation Advanced Technological program projects in partnership with St Cloud State University.  St Cloud State University has long been a leader in Geographic Information Systems Technology with advanced degree programs and 2+2 models throughout the state.  With the most recent NSF award Northland and SCSU are proud to announce increased support for the DRONETECH Educator Workshops funded by the NSF ATE program.
Who: Secondary and Post-Secondary Instructors Teaching in STEM Related Disciplines Looking at UAS and GIT Program and Courseware Development.

Topic: This is an introductory course for drones and how to establish a program in your school. Participants will learn regulations, safety considerations, and how to overcome the major hurdles to getting drones in the school. We will cover maintaining and keeping your drone(s) airworthy as well as hone flying skills in line of sight (LOS) and first person view (FPV). Participants will also learn autonomous flight coding software to program your drone for basic maneuvers and flight plans. This workshop provides a high-level overview of the many aspects of drone operations to include; Basic Parts and Components, User Maintenance and Documentation, Flight Simulators, Practical Flight Experience in LOS and FPV along with best practices for logging and tracking flight hours. Attendees will learn basic uses and applications for Geospatial and Analysis using Drones. The workshop will culminate in a hands-on competition incorporating all aspects of the training. 


Application Process: Registration is free for this workshop and meals are provided during the workshop hours.  Participants are responsible for all travel cost to the workshop, however eligible participants are able to received up to $800 reimbursement after attending. If you will be seeking reimbursement please send the following information to by May 1st, 2020 to verify eligibility.

Title the email DRONETECH 2020 APPLICATION and include:
-Contact Info
-Position or Association to School
-Institution of Instruction
-Discipline of Instruction
-Number of Years in Current Position
-Level/Grade you Instruct

A narrative outlining your plan for curriculum development and integration based on attending the workshop.  This may include:
-What do you want to get out of attending?
-Interests in drones and geospatial technology.
-Impact for your students.
-Other information we should know.

If approved, reimbursement will be provided after attending the DRONETECH Educator

Requirements for Reimbursement: Reimbursement for travel expenses requires participants to meet eligibility requirements and provide a plan of action for curriculum that will result in course development based on the workshop activities. This may be demonstrated through the following:
  • Attend the DRONETECH Educator Workshop.
  • Provide plans for development of courses and pathways at your institution relating to UAS and GIT.
  • Participate in the mentoring network for additional UAS and GIT faculty development.
  • Lead organizational policy development for safe and legal integration of UAS at your home institution.
  • Publicize the use of UAS to increase UAS and GIT enrollment in both your service region and across the state and region.

Please read: This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (DUE 1501629 and 1700615). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Bring to Class:
Class will be held at Northland Community & Technical College - Aerospace Site:
13892 Airport Drive
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Cancellations must be made 7 days prior to event for a full refund.

For additional information, please email or call 218-683-8811. 

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08/03/2020   9:00AM - 4:00PM
08/04/2020   9:00AM - 4:00PM
08/05/2020   9:00AM - 4:00PM