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.