Drone club director Zeb Atkinson shared, “The youth have been fully engaged and are having a great time learning new skills; the course is comprised of hands-on and cognitive learning components.” During the hands-on component, Zeb stated, “everyone started off learning to solder on practice boards. This initial hands-on task lets the instructors know who needed to work on which soldering skills, and it gave the children a sense of initial accomplishment and pride as they completed their tasks on the practice boards. The children that took longer to complete the soldering tasks were not rushed but were encouraged to continue the task at hand.”
He noted that receiving the certification would enable students of age who passed the test to immediately register as certified remote pilots and gain employment in fields including agriculture, construction, insurance, mining, public safety and first responders, survey engineering, utilities, and telecommunications. During the drone club’s operation, the children were given selections to read to prepare them for the FAA Part 107 exam.
“Each class meeting the children read (out loud) to the group, several paragraphs or pages. The group then discusses and debates the correct answers to the questions that are presented to them before submitting the correct answer to the instructors,” said Zeb. In the wake of COVID-19 orders, YDI is now preparing to offer online classes and continue with FAA Part 107 learning and move to virtual flying on simulators.