Drone Pilot Ground School recently launched a scholarship to support U.S. high school students who want to become certified commercial drone pilots.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics or STEM, is a curriculum, based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines in an often ‘hands-on’ approach.
The High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots provides free access to Drone Pilot Ground School, a leading remote test prep course for the FAA’s Part 107 exam, and will also pay for Part 107 test fees (up to $150) for the first 100 students to take the test.
The idea for the scholarship first came from Alan Perlman, CEO and founder of Drone Pilot Ground School, and Matt Ernst, founder of the Taft Drone Club at the Robert A.Taft Information Technology High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Taft Drone Club uses drones for education, and has recently received a grant for $100,000 from the state of Ohio to support his efforts in STEM education using drones.
This new, first of its kind scholarship for high school students aims at supporting young people trying to break into the drone industry while also helping spread the use of drones in STEM education.
“We know the drone industry has the potential for creating new jobs for young people, and can help students get excited about STEM subjects. Providing a scholarship to interested, qualified high school students just seemed like a natural outgrowth of the support we’ve given the students at Taft High.”
One of the primary motivators for Matt Ernst forming his club was to offer his students opportunities for making a good living. As drones get cheaper – with plenty of mini-drones under $100 to try out and learn on, and prosumer models selling for under $5,000 – and as drone applications proliferate, the potential for high school students to create a foundation for future careers in the drone industry seems strong to him.
More and more, drones are being used to help students learn – and get excited about – STEM subjects in middle, high, and even elementary school
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 actually provide curricula materials for educators who want to use drones in the classroom, and drone manufacturers like Parrot have launched specialized educational programmes based on drones.
The drone industry itself is growing, and there promises to be 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 (even if a recent survey by Skylogic Research debunked the media hype about drones, showing for example that 75% of aerial business providers in the U.S. perform one to five projects only per month).
About the Scholarship
The High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots was launched to support high school students ages 16 and up who are serious about becoming certified drone pilots by helping them prepare for the FAA’s Part 107 test.
An additional goal is to help further the use of drones in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.