UAV Coach Partners with PCS EdVentures to Support the Use of Drones in STEM Studies

BY Zacc Dukowitz
11 December 2017

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Here at UAV Coach we’re proud to announce a new partnership with PCS Edventures!.com, Inc., (PCSV) a leading provider of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

Through the partnership UAV Coach will be offering Drone Pilot Ground School, our flagship remote test prep course for the FAA’s Part 107 exam, to PCS Edventures educators and students.

Promoting a safe and positive drone community has always been a core part of our mission, and we’re happy to have found like-minded partners in UAV Coach. Through Drone Pilot Ground School, both students and educators have the opportunity to further their drone education and earn commercial certification through the FAA.

– Michelle Fisher, Director of STEM Development for PCS Edventures

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By supporting student interests through scholarships and training programs, PCS Edventures and UAV Coach are working together to help advance STEM education and drones in the classroom. According to a recent Goldman Sachs research report, the drone industry is expected to exceed $100Bn by 2020, and currently, high school students with drone operator training and a Part 107 license are earning over $50/hour in summer jobs, indicating the extraordinary demand for these skill sets.

We’re excited to work with PCS Edventures to help bring more small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) into the classroom. Drones are an excellent way to get students engaged and also offer a unique career opportunity in a myriad of industries.

– Alan Perlman, CEO and Founder of UAV Coach

The partnership will also help interested high school students learn more about and apply UAV Coach’s scholarship for Drone Pilot Ground School, the High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots.

Scholarship recipients get free access to Drone Pilot Ground School ($299 value) to help them prepare for the Part 107 test. The first 100 scholarship applicants who finish their studying and take the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test will also have their FAA test fee ($150) covered by the scholarship. There are an unlimited number of scholarships available, and students are accepted on a rolling, case-by-case basis.

There is no application deadline, but to apply you must be:

  • At least 16 years old
  • Currently enrolled in high school
  • Live in the United States

Learn more about our High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots at https://uavcoach.com/drone-stem-scholarship/

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Drones in STEM

More and more, drones are being used to help students learn—and get excited about—STEM subjects in middle, high, and even elementary school (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Across the U.S. drones have become a part of robotics classes, coding classes, and even lessons on longitude and latitude. New platforms like DroneBlocks even provide curricula materials for educators who want to use drones in the classroom.

Earlier this year the Atlantic reported on students in the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative participating in a competition where they designed, built, engineered, and tested their own drones.

The competition came at the end of a year-long high school class in aerospace and aviation, in which drones figured prominently as opportunities for students to learn various aspects of aerospace engineering and design.

Scenarios like this are cropping up throughout the U.S., and the combination of drones and STEM education is timely, since jobs in STEM fields have been forecasted to grow at an exponential rate over the next several years.

Drones offer an enticing entry point for STEM studies, in that students generally perceive them as cool and fun. Students who start out simply interested in flying may end up excited about STEM studies, and either pursuing a future career in a STEM field—of which there are many—or in the growing drone industry itself.

Along with jobs in STEM fields, the drone industry itself is growing, and there promise to be many new jobs on the horizon for drone pilots who hold a remote pilot license, from aerial cinematography to work in agriculture, forestry, mapping, and much more.

Watch this video to learn more about how PCS Edventures helps teachers incorporate drones into their STEM curricula:

https://vimeo.com/200233227

About PCS Edventures!

PCS Edventures!.com, Inc. (OTCPK: PCSV) is a Boise, Idaho company that designs and delivers technology-rich products and services for the K-12 market that develop 21st-century skills. PCS programs emphasize experiential learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) and have been deployed at over 7,000 sites in all 50 United States and 17 foreign countries. http://www.edventures.com.

About Drone Pilot Ground School

Drone Pilot Ground School is UAV Coach’s online training and test prep course for the FAA’s Part 107 commercial certification process. We have trained over 8,000 U.S. drone pilots, from solo drone operators and small teams to police and fire departments and large organizations. Over 99% of our students pass the Part 107 exam on the first try—learn more at https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com.

Zacc Dukowitz

Contributing Writer

Zacc Dukowitz is a contributing writer, and the former Director of Marketing for UAV Coach. A writer with professional experience in education technology and digital marketing, Zacc is passionate about reporting on the drone industry at a time when UAVs can help us live better lives. Zacc also holds the rank of nidan in Aikido, a Japanese martial art, and is a widely published fiction writer. Zacc has an MFA from the University of Florida and a BA from St. John's College. Follow @zaccdukowitz or check out zaccdukowitz.com to read his work.

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