4‑H NYSD 2016 - Drone Discovery

Drone Discovery was developed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension. It’s a hands-on engineering design challenge that explores the science behind drones and how they are being used to solve real world problems. Youth will learn everything from flight dynamics and aircraft types, to safety and regulations, to remote sensing and flight control.

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Drones in Action

See the 2016 4‑H National Youth Science Day design challenge in action – Drone Discovery!

4‑H NYSD in the News

USA Today - Drones attract students to math, science classes

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US News & World Report - Students Experiment With Drones for 4‑H National Youth Science Day

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Washingtonian - These Kids Got to Fly Drones in DC

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NPR - Youth Discover Drones in Engineering Design Challenge

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Youth & Facilitator Guides

A step-by-step resource for youth to guide them through the science challenge.

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A step-by-step resource to assist adults leading teams of youth scientists.

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How to Videos

It's time to decide how your drone will be used. This video will instruct you on how to work with your engineering team to choose your own adventure.

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With your engineering team, build a model drone that can help solve the challenge you created. This video will teach you how to fly your drone, and capture and review data.

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Translate your code into the Scratch programming language.

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Toolkit and Resources

A supplemental guide of tips and must-have's for facilitators.

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An overview of all marketing materials available for use including press release templates, social media instructions and more.

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Use the MIT Scratch website to complete the Code Copter activity. Be sure to click on the "See Inside" button to get started.

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Cornell University Cooperative Extension has provided a list of online activities and resources to further explore drones in your community.

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Education through Aviation is proudly brought to you by The Academy of Model Aeronautics. The FPG-9 glider that is used in Drone Discovery was developed by The Academy of Model Aeronautics and is being used with their permission.

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Click2Science

For the 2016 4‑H National Youth Science Day experiment, Click2Science partnered with National 4‑H to offer new resources to deepen the learning experience of Drone Discovery.

One of those resources is a training webinar for facilitators and volunteers working with youth to conduct the experiment. The goal is to provide facilitators and volunteers with the resources they need to more confidently guide youth in the experiment. This webinar goes beyond how to do the experiment, and helps create a deeper and more impactful learning experience for youth when facilitating the NYSD experiment.

The Click2Science webinar was held on August 24, 2016 - view the recording.

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Click2Science Trainer Guide for 4‑H NYSD Drone Discovery

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Drone Safety & Regulations FAQ

Q: Does this NYSD challenge or kit involve the use of real drones?
A: No. Drone Discovery simulates the experience of working with a real drone by providing a hands-on educational challenge that teaches youth about the basics of flight, remote sensing and real-world uses of drones.

Q: Do any federal or local drone laws and regulations apply to the contents of the science kit?
A: No. The science kit contains unpowered foam gliders and plastic propcopters that simulate a drone experience. Everything in this kit can be safely operated indoors or outdoors.

Q: Will students have the opportunity to learn about drone safety and regulations during this science challenge?
A: Yes. Students and facilitators will learn about safety and regulation issues associated with drones throughout the course of the challenge. They can also visit the FAA guidelines links on page 10 of the youth guide, and noted below, so that they can learn about the regulations when flying a real drone.
www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org
www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft