Program

Drones 4 Girls is a FREE four-hour event for girls in grade 4 or 5, at a public school in Detroit, scheduled for April 2019. Forty girls will learn to build, code and fly mini drones. We will extend five invitations at four schools. Each invitee is encouraged to bring one friend– same grade, any school.

Mini drone kits come in 9-12 parts that are easily assembled by small hands. Block languages (eg: SNAP) are used to code mini drones to fly autonomously. dji Tello drones will help kids navigate 6′ x 6′ Fly Zones that simulate real world scenarios.

Each mini drone weighs a mere 40 ounces and battery powers 8-10 minutes of flight time. These little wonders fit in the palm of your hand. When flown in a two-story height indoor space, mini drones do not fall under FAA rules for drone flight.

In February 2019, a three-hour workshop will equip teachers and other professional to be drone pilot leaders. They will learn how to operate a mini drone, see the curriculum for teaching coded and remote control flight, and attempt to navigate Fly Zone challenges. Leaders will also be able to practice before the event in April.

Partners

A big part of knowing what your strength and career possibilities are, lies buried under EXPOSURE. Kids may not know about jobs of the future because they don’t see everyone around them using that technology… yet. Drones 4 Girls focuses on bringing drone technology to girls AWAY FROM school hours. Its crowd funding campaign will introduce these amazing machines to boys + girls DURING school hours.

In class demos bring the technology front and center for kids to decide if they want to explore while understanding why the basics of math and science are critical to developing their strengths. Showing kids what an aerial drone looks like and talking about a few things it can do is only the beginning.

Drones 4 Girls will introduce teachers to the technology in a way that grooms a community, creates a fun way to educate kids, and generates a potent revenue stream. This will happen through a flight / curriculum orientation that helps teachers get the drones out of the box and into their classroom. Doing that spreads the technology to thousands of children over the course of those educators’ career.

The crowd funding campaign is a way to say “Yes, my community wants / needs more exposure to this technology.” — a way to measure interest in the community with dollars. Corporations will support an investment here that shows them where to join consumers. This is your chance to help public schools in Detroit. By keeping class demos, Spring Break workshops and teacher meetups FREE, we ease the financial burden on heavily taxed public schools.

Get Involved

Learn more about flying drones by using them at home. Buy a Parrot Mambo from Parrot’s online store. During this holiday season, the price for this mini drone has dropped from $150 to an affordable $60. Another option is the dji Tello, available for $80. The Tello is programmable using Scratch software, developed at MIT. The Mambo can be programmed using Tynker’s subscription-based software.

With a firm command of math and science basics, one can study for the FAA Part 107 exam and secure a uav pilot’s license at an approved FAA Knowledge Test Center. A candidate must be 16 years of age or older to earn the license.

After that, one can explore the many developmental aspects of drone education, such as after school programs, Girl Scout activities, Spring Break or Summer Camps. One can also explore many of the real-world uses of drones in various industries. Click on each link for just a few examples– agriculture, research, aerial mapping, health care, construction, real estate, and action sports.

Founder

INGRID GREEN

BORN// New York.  RAISED// arctic Canada.  STUDIED// Architecture.  PASSIONS// Soccer. Exploration. Stories.

COMMUNITY FIRST.  Every place is different but Ingrid cares about girls discovering their strengths and seeing a place for themselves in future economies.

ADD VALUE THAT IS NEEDED. Don’t just make cool stuff. Ask around and listen. Then create sustainable development pathways that address people’s needs.

EDUCATION IS EVERYTHING. What are humans learning? They need intangible skills– like problem solving, diligence, team work and creative thinking.

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