DRONEaBILITY(TM): a licence to fill the (in)visible void

Sikora, Ivan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2314-9724 (2022) DRONEaBILITY(TM): a licence to fill the (in)visible void. In: DroneTech World Meeting, 28-29 Oct 2021, Toruń, Poland.

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This paper aims to fill the gap of organised thinking about an effective way to motivate young adults (14-16 years) in secondary education to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics while using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in a responsible, informed and effective way. The growing record of close encounters between UAVs and other aircraft has prompted the author to think of a possible way to introduce drones' and their operations to the general public and social knowledge. Driven by the example of the Bikeability project in the UK and the recent growing accessibility to UAVs, this paper presents the premises, experiences and projections/ aspirations for an effective, initial, societally-accepted drone education. The idea is to present the background thinking and challenges that the introduction of UAVs in society creates. Using information from academic and professional resources and primary data collected while developing the Proof-of-Concept phase of the project DRONEaBILITY™ (DaB™), the author will set the stage for this project's introduction. Following this, ways in which the author can see DaB™ meeting various challenges are presented. The following section will present the work done using primary quantitative data from the project's Proof-of-Concept phase and secondary data from academic resources. The final section discusses the results and draws significant conclusions and possible implications. The paper is intended for relevant managers, school administrators and teachers, and drone practitioners to adopt an informed approach when including UAVs in the curriculum of secondary STEM education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Page Range: pp. 43-70
Additional Information: Released under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Poland
Keywords: drone; Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; UAV; STEM; education; safety
Subjects: Hospitality and tourism > Tourism > Aviation > Aviation studies
Education > Teaching and learning > Technology-enhanced learning
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Depositing User: Ivan Sikora
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 14:07
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2023 09:28
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8755


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