Parrots promote drone mastery

A Parrot Mambo microdrone has been presented to Parap Primary School student Grace Clifton and Durack Primary School student Riley Blackbourne.

The aerial quadcopters were awarded as NEC Australia sponsored prizes at the Skills 2021 technology showcase held at Parliament House in August.

The department’s Director eLearning Systems, Mark Christie, said: “Drones reinforce science, technology, engineering and mathematics principles, and build children’s programming skills.

“These drones can be programmed using several languages, including Tynker and Apple’s Swift, and incorporated into our STUMP course, comprising drone safety, training basics, use of drones, and manual and programmed piloting.

“Microdrones can be programmed to perform tasks such as search and rescue, photography, and flying between specified locations, all on a small scale.

“But individuals and schools should be aware of the strict safety protocols defined by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority when flying drones. The department wants to demonstrate a gold standard of safety for our students, and the community”

(Picture: Grace Clifton presented with her drone by NEC’s Robert Kennedy)

Last updated: 16 October 2017