Student Outreach

Student Outreach in UAS and Scholarship Support

It is not enough to train faculty to integrate sUAS technology into community college curricula and workforce pathways, you need to have a pipeline of students to fill classrooms. The fourth component of GeoTEd-UAS program is student recruitment of future community college students for sUAS through scholarships, outreach, and career planning resources. The GeoTEd-UAS team led the development of new student outreach materials and programs for students in middle-school through college including hands on flying time with competitions, UAS kits, access to a variety of vehicles and sensors, and exposure to professionals working the field. Much of this development was created the Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s professional development program for geospatial technologies, GEOTREK-12.

  • TNCC-hosted STEM Saturday event through the VSGC Technology Exploration Saturday series impacted 90 middle school students with hands-on flying and a competition.
  • The team led a UAS Track during the annual Materials in STEM (M-STEM) Conference hosted by TNCC and coordinated by MatEdu, the NSF-ATE funded National Resource Center for Materials.
  • John Tyler Community College hosted a STEM day where 12 students participated in a drone competition and also gained hands-on experience flying a commercial sUAS.
  • TNCC hosted a Technology Summer Camp where 12 students participated in hands-on activities with UAS.
  • As part of VSGC’s Virginia Space Coast Scholars summer academy for 10th graders hosted by NASA Wallops Flight Facility, 80 Students participated in hands-on UAS flying and competitions during two separate week-long events.
  • A total of 40 underrepresented minority and ESL students from Gar-Field High School participated in hands-on UAS flying and competitions with support from a 21st Century grant awarded to the school.
  • MECC provided a one-day UAS experience for 24 high school students from local area schools. The event provided the students with both in class and hands-on training in the field of sUASOT.
  • MECC Provided a UMS strand in the summer Governor’s School that attracted 16 rising high school seniors (10th and 11th graders). These students completed both the UMS-107 and UMS-111 courses in a full-time two-week session.
  • MECC also provided 22 high local school instructors a two hour in class and outdoors, hands-on introduction to the MECC UMS AAS degree program.


The video above is from Technology Exploration Saturdays at Thomas Nelson Community College, which included drone flying by GeoTEd-UAS staff.