ITC Students Become 'Inspectors of the Future' through Drone Project

     Published on 7/15/16   Tagged under:    District News    Academics    ITC   

Freshmen and sophomores in the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) program at ITC learned about drone technology and operation through a special unit highlighting the growing career field. Thanks to a grant provided by the SCSD Educational Foundation, this project allowed students to learn across curriculum, along with mentors and in a hands-on way.
In math and science class, the P-Tech students learned about the principles of lift. In English and Global, they learned about the growing issue of regulations of drones and the ways drones are used in both the military and private sectors. In Engineering, they learned about how to construct a drone and perform an industry inspection.
Guest speakers from SRC stopped by to speak with students about how drones are being used and will be used in engineering and manufacturing careers. Then, students worked together to build several small drones, as well as a larger one, provided by the grant funding.
“We’ve learned how to fly them, what the buttons do, and now we’re actually building them,” sophomore Keisean Carswell explained. “I want to be a mechanical engineer one day, so this is one step of many we’ll take to progress in the program. Building the drones is hard—you have to work together! But it’s a learning experience. I want to work with machines, so this is helping me expand my knowledge.”
P-Tech Program Coordinator Nick Lisi said that career preparation was a goal of the project. “Our business partners tell us they are seeing a growing need for employees to have knowledge and training in this area,” he said. “The P-Tech team and I agreed that most teenagers are interested in drones and would be engaged in a project about drones and drone technology. So we came up with ideas that aligned with each academic curriculum, and we went for it!”
To wrap up the unit, students will conduct an aerial inspection using the drones on the exterior of the ITC building, gym and the Greystone building located next to the school! This is one of 19 projects funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation in 14 schools this year, totaling $50,000. The SCSD Educational Foundation has funded more than $750,000 in SCSD projects since 2003.