GeoTEd-UAS is primarily directed towards the institution of UAS courses and career pathways in Virginia’s Community College System (VCCS).
That said, it is essential that a UAS pipeline of pre-college students be established to to ensure a continued interest in UAS at community colleges throughout Virginia.
In response to this need, GeoTEd-UAS has conducted many pre-college UAS events at partnering colleges, and supported student scholarships and internships in unmanned systems.
We are also establishing dual-enrollment, transfer, and articulation agreements with several four year universities. GeoTEd has sponsored and conducted several events designed for pre-college students and their teachers.
These events typically include a discussion of UAS applications, UAS data collection, assembling a drone kit, and hands-on flying instruction that generally culminates in a tournament involving flying drones through an obstacle course.
Participants of these events have ranged from middle school students to high school faculty. GeoTEd-UAS has worked with the Greater Peninsula Governor’s STEM Academy, the Hampton Roads Cyber Alliance, Materials Conference (M-STEM) led by the NSF-funded National Materials Center, and many other organizations.