The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provided an “Introduction to Geospatial Technology and Unmanned Aircraft Systems” teacher workshop at Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia on May 21, 2021. The workshop was provided through the VSGC’s GEOTREK-12 program with funding support from the VSGC-led GeoTEd-UAS project. The event gave teachers from Hampton City Schools (HCS) and Extended Learning Coordinators from the four HCS high school Academies the opportunity to learn the value of geospatial technologies (GST) and unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) in the classroom. The workshop also provided the educators with information on the current job market and different applications of these technologies, and how these vehicles help us gain an understanding of our world’s connectedness. Kesha Lucas, an Earth Science teacher at Bethel High School, was one participant that gained a whole new perspective on drone applications. “In the past I had always thought [of drones] as a kind of tiny little...

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the GeoTEd-UAS project team are please to share the Winter 2020/21 Newsletter. The newsletter includes stories and updates on various projects from the 2020/2021 winter season, such as the selection of the 2021-2023 faculty cohort, a workforce needs study, a UAS demo event, and support for High School educators completing UAS training and acquisition of remote pilot certification. Click here to download your copy today. For more information on GeoTEd-UAS visit their website here....

Two educators from Hampton City Schools were provided funding from GeoTEd-UAS to complete the Unmanned Systems Remote Pilot Ground School (UMS-107) course offered by Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC). The educators were also supported to take the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate exam. Possessing a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate is required to legally fly small unmaned aircraft systems (sUAS). Sherry Hildebrandt, Transportation Academy Coach for Bethel High School, and Alex Minter, Social Studies Teacher and soon to be GIS and UAS instructor, both successfully completed the UMS 107 course and obtained their Remote Pilot Certificate. The UMS 107 course was developed through the GeoTEd-UAS project and has served as a model for other colleges and high schools in the Commonwealth.   When asked about her opportunity, Hildebrandt said “I am so excited that I took this course because it prepared me for my Part 107 remote pilot certificate exam. The...

Please join us for a small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS, or drones) demonstration event hosted by the Richard Bland College of William & Mary. More information and registration details are in the flyer here. You must register to attend as this event is limited to 25 participants due to COVID-19 restrictions. The sUAS Demo Event is on December 3, 2020, from 1-3 p.m. The demonstration will include several sUAS missions operated manually and autonomously using a variety of drones and sensors to collect data. Attendees will be able to see and touch several different sUAS and related equipment, observe the missions, and participate in a discussion about the data analysis and conducting safe sUAS operations. Come join us to learn more about sUAS and drones and opportunities to start your career in this exciting field! You can learn about future sUAS and aviation pathways that will be offered at Richard Bland College.  The demo is being...

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Women And Drones. VSGC leads and administers the GeoTEd-UAS project funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program. The project’s mission is to train the future small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operator technician and geospatial technician workforce. The organizations will work together to engage more women in the field of sUAS and other STEM education and workforce development programs. “We are excited about this amazing partnership with Women and Drones! The ability to leverage their network and engage with industry leaders in the drone industry from across the nation will improve our ability to train the future workforce,” stated Chris Carter, VSGC Deputy Director. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, women currently make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math. The common goal between the organizations is...

Are you interested in starting an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drone education program? Are you interested in expanding and training your workforce? If so, check out this upcoming webinar series: Preparing the Drone Workforce....

[smartslider3 slider=3] GeoTEd-UAS has approved three mini-grants which will deliver funding to Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC), Virginia Tech - College of Natural Resources, and Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC). VHCC received funding to cover the cost of student meals and travel expenses for it's Gypsy Moth Pheromone UAS Project. The project looks to explore the potential use of the M6E-1 Sprayer drone to disperse gypsy moth pheromones to avoid unnecessary risks. Currently, when these pheromones are dispersed, it is below the tree line and/or by using manned aircraft flying at low altitudes, which is very dangerous. Virginia Tech - College of Natural Sciences received funding to create an educator’s guide for using small unmanned aircraft (sUAS) in Natural Resource Education that would serve as a resource for educators in Virginia (and nationally). The primary project goal will be to increase awareness of sUAS applications, educational opportunities, and career pathways for pre-college students....