PCS Edventures!.com, Inc., (PCSV) a leading provider of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, took its first step towards the creation of the Scholastic Drone Racing League with the completion of the Idaho Drone Institute. As a component of a statewide grant funded by the Idaho STEM Action Center, the Idaho Drone Institute brought together 22 Idaho schools and libraries and visitors from California and Texas for an educational drone workshop.
Earlier this month, PCS Edventures and MultiGP Drone Racing announced a partnership to bring a Scholastic Drone Racing League to junior and senior high schools across the nation. As part of the Idaho Drone Institute, Todd Wahl, President of MultiGP, traveled from Atlanta to present the basics of FPV drone racing and the PCS Edventures and MultiGP partnership. With the ultimate goal of bringing the drone racing league to over 20,000 schools in all 50 states, the Scholastic Drone Racing League is currently under evaluation for statewide expansion after the success of the Idaho Drone Institute.
The Idaho Drone Institute was a two-day workshop where instructors received hands-on training in drone technology, preparing them for the implementation of the PCS Edventures! Discover Drones package in classrooms this fall. From assembling modular drones to in-depth flight training from Thrust-UAV professional drone racing pilots, the Idaho Drone Institute prepared instructors to build, operate, maintain, modify and teach the cutting-edge technology of drones through the innovative Discover Drones package.
“As trailblazers of STEM education,” said Todd Hacket, CEO at PCS Edventures!, “PCS Edventures is devoted to enhancing learning in schools around the world by providing students with engaging and contemporary hands-on learning. With drones, we are preparing today’s thinkers for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Through the efforts of the Idaho STEM Action Center, Idaho has positioned itself as a leader in STEM innovation. “Idaho’s tech sector is the second fastest-growing in the nation at 6.3 percent, and 80 percent of all jobs will require technology skills within the next 20 years,” says STEM Action Center executive director Angela Hemingway. “There will be a significant increase in jobs that require proficiency in piloting and programming drones.”
With the Discover Drones package introducing students to the high-flying, acrobatic thrills of UAVs, the innovative curriculum prepares them for the rapidly growing drone career opportunities. As learners master challenges in engineering, physics, math, programming and more, they are actively engaging with a complete STEM solution, preparing for the STEM careers of the future.
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