BY: JONATHAN BECK, UAS PROGRAM MANAGER
Northland Community & Technical College’s aerospace site is not only home to the newest aerospace education building in Minnesota, it is the future home of DroneTech, a series of summer camps for area youth and educators from across the country. We understand the need to provide a fun and educational setting to showcase careers in technology so we developed DroneTech. We also know that with the rapid influx of drones and related technology, educators need to be prepared to teach about it in their classrooms. By bringing on our college’s experts in the field, we hope to bring a broad based understanding of how K-12 educators can utilize this in their technology classes.
Northland has already begun cultivating the future generation of UAS technicians that will meet the growing demand for an educated workforce in UAS technology. In June, Northland partnered with the North Valley Career and Technology Center in Grafton ND to offer students in grades 7-12 a chance to experience UAS technology through hands-on activities. Some of these activities included building a multi-rotor drone from a kit, performing simulated flight training, flying the UAS they built and then capturing images and understanding how they interact with computers.
DroneTech Summer Camp
Northland will offer another UAS summer camp called, “DroneTech Summer Camp” at our aerospace campus in Thief River Falls, with many of the same activities. The camp will run August 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is still time to register for this exciting camp and anyone in grades 9-12 and recent graduates that are interested in aviation and technology will be sure to enjoy this hands-on experience. You can learn more about DroneTech Summer Camp 2016 and register online at northlandaerospace.com.
DroneTech Educators Workshop
With so many educators interested in UAS technology today who are seeking ways to integrate this knowledge into the classroom, we want to welcome educators to NCTC in August to learn more. August 8-10 Northland will offer a “DroneTech Educators Workshop“. This workshop will provide secondary and post-secondary educators with an introduction to UAS and geospatial technology and the tools to incorporate into existing STEM education. Participants will have access to continued resources, curriculum and faculty expertise following the workshop. Course curriculum modules will align to existing Common Core Standards to assist in streamlined integration to secondary STEM education.
As technology continues to evolve, NCTC wants to provide practical and affordable educational opportunities for our communities and students interested in exciting career fields impacted by the rapid advances in technology.