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Hello, Not sure if this is the correct forum area to post this - please correct me if there's a better one. I'm researching my first drone purchase. I am working on developing a STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math) program for middle/high school kids in our small town (Ojai, CA). The drone I'm looking to buy needs to be probably an indoor model. We have a specific unusual requirement. We plan to use this in a creative way in which the drone would be carrying a small about of weight (on the order of small artist paint brushes) plus the carrier for the item which the kids, with supervision, will make as part of the project. Of course they will also be learning to control the drone as it carries this small weight. The problem I'm encountering is that no matter how many smaller, indoor type drones I look at online (lots), they never give any indication as to how much weight they can carry, if any. Seems like drone specs should give this but all I ever see is the weight of the drone itself. So I'm looking for any suggestions for small drones that can still carry a small amount of weight (say no more than 100 grams or 3.5 ounces and likely significantly less) and would prefer a built in decent camera that is down facing. It should be fairly easy to learn to control. Our budget for the drone part of this project is under $200. Thanks in advance for any help / advice you can offer. Tom Bates
I trust you are doing well. I am wondering if you can point me in the right direction. Specifically, I am searching for a way to provide access to DIY drones for 5th - 12th grade students. I work with students on STEM/STEAM projects at various schools. Can you provide information on where to purchase affordable drones for this type of endeavor? Thanks.
Hi all, my name is Bill Kaiser. I am a technology teacher for two high schools in Helena, Montana. I went to a workshop a couple of months ago and got excited about using drone technology with high school students. We are now dealing with the 333 issues and are hoping the FAA drops some love on us this June so we don't have to deal with the licensed pilot issue. We have a licensed pilot in our district, but the idea is to get kids learning and flying the drones, not the adults. Anyway, it sounds like the FAA will probably fix this, but not before school gets out this summer. I've been in contact with my local FAA operations drone expert and, if I understood him correctly, he believes that the new regs will only require passing a written test. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this. We have already purchased two P3 Advanced with all the extras so we are pretty well invested right now. I'm negotiating with the PE instructors at my schools to fly drones indoors in the practice gym so we don't violate any FAA rules. Looking forward to the day when we can get outside and have some fun! If anyone is interested in sharing high school curriculum materials, I would be very interested. I am currently patching together a OneNote classroom notebook to share with my teachers. It is a composed of all different sources on the internet and anything I can find that is relevant to high school student drone flight. Bill