What are Drones?


Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles that are controlled autonomously by computers or pilots with remote controls. They were innovated in the early 1900s for military personnel training and typically leveraged in operations that are too dangerous or time-consuming for humans. Still most commonly used for military purposes, drones have been deployed for a wide range of tasks, such as policing and community surveillance and security, filmmaking, and the surveying of agriculture and crops. In the past century, drone technology has advanced users’ abilities to extensively view objects and landscapes below, as well as to detect changes in environmental conditions. Features including biological and chemical sensors, electromagnetic spectrum sensors, and infrared cameras make these detailed observations possible. While legal and ethical concerns have been raised by many over the prospect of constantly being monitored by these vehicles, new civil aviation programs and experiments that include drones reflect a growing use of the technology. There are not yet concrete applications for teaching and learning, but the continuous progress of drones in the military and consumer sectors make them compelling to watch closely over the next few years.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

- luannel luannel Feb 11, 2016 Drone schools are spreading in China. The pilot licenses opened doors to piloting jobs. At the end of the course, students can try to earn the license required by China's Civil Aviation Administration to operate heavier drones and fly higher than 400 feet. Drones are touted as game-changers in a range of industries, more than 10,000 new pilots are needed last year across all industries in China.
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

- luannel luannel Feb 11, 2016An increasing number of drones are being used in various industries. Licensing could become a job requirement.
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on education and interpretation in museums?

- luannel luannel Feb 11, 2016There are quite a few of affordable drones. Museums will soon utilize drones on their operations such as security, inspecting buildings, educational tours and others. The NY public library use drones to provide tours of remote areas.
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

- luannel luannel Feb 11, 2016 Portland , Oregon is having their Winter Light Festival on Feb 3-6 and will be using flying robots. The lighted flying robots will be focused on the science of light and flight. Evening in public spaces has been enhanced by artists to go beyond standard lighting.
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