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...

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[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....