Howard County Summer Camp Students Demonstrate Drone Building and Flying Skills

Posted: July 27th, 2016

On Thursday, July 21, seven fourth- and fifth-grade students demonstrated the drone building and flying abilities they developed during drone sessions at a summer camp held at the community-based learning center at Forest Ridge Apartments in Columbia. The drone sessions were part of the Howard County Public School System’s Black Student Achievement Program After School Enrichment Program Summer Initiative.

In this summer camp, students spent 90 minutes per day learning about drone components, basic flying skills, safety, commercial applications, as well as exploring potential future careers in technology, engineering and other careers in the aviation industry. By the end of the four-week camp, students built and flew a drone.

The drone part of the camp introduced students to science, technology, engineering and math related curricula, and provided a unique STEM opportunity to explore exciting and emerging aerial photography. Representatives from Global Air Media, a Baltimore-based aerial surveying and photography company, taught the drone portion of the camp, which had academics and other activities as well.

At community-based learning centers, residents in specific communities collaborate with HCPSS staff beyond school hours to provide daily experiences that encourage students to build a strong commitment to learning, use time constructively, develop strong social skills, and have a positive impact in their community. The centers are a collaborative effort between the Black Student Achievement Program, the Heritage Housing Partners Corporation, and other partners.