The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is excited to announce the first video in our new “Next Steps in STEM” video series. This series will highlight participants of VSGC programs who have taken their next steps in #STEM. They are the next generation of the STEM workforce and Virginia’s best and brightest. This video features Jackson Bloomer, a drone pilot for DroneUp. Jackson completed several unmanned systems courses as a student at Thomas Nelson Community College. These courses were established through the VSGC-led GeoTEd-UAS project. #NASASpaceGrant #NASA #UAS #NextGenerationOfExplorers #StudentSuccessStories #Drones #Aeronautics #VCCS #tnccva ...

Location:  Virtual (Zoom)!!! What: 3-day workshop. Mapping with Drones Who: Local / State / Federal government employees, Private industry, Natural resource professionals, Planning professionals, Public safety professionals, Planning District Commission (PDC) employees, Extension agents / specialists, Agricultural operators, Educators, Realtors, Inspection teams, etc. Topic: Mapping with Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Additional Information: Is available via the Workshop Website à http://www.virginiaview.net/workshops-events  Online Registration: https://tinyurl.com/Drones2021   (credit card or e-check payments accepted. When*:  This is a 3 day virtual workshop.  Three workshop options are available: October 19-21, 2021 December 14-16, 2021 January 11-13, 2022   *General agenda: Day #1, 9:00 – 5:00 | Day #2, 9:00 – 5:00 | Day #3, 9:00 – 5:00 with breaks for coffee & lunch Cost: General registration for the 3-day Mapping with Drones Workshop is $200.  Workshop materials & supplies will be mailed in advance (via mail) to participants.  Since books and other handout material will  be purchased and be mailed to each participant, participants are encouraged to complete the registration...

Thomas Nelson Community College is offering courses in small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), also known as drones. These classes will provide training to fast track you into a career in sUAS. These classes can also help you develop skills in sUAS to add to your current skill set to prepare for jobs in multiple careers. These four unmanned systems (UMS) courses are engaging and interactive and align with employer needs in sUAS. UMS 107 Remote Pilot Ground School Learn the rules and regulations to legally fly drones.  The course will prepare you to take the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification Exam.  No pre-requisite is required to take the class. Two sections of the class are available during the first 8-week session (August 23rd - October 18th). In-person on Monday evenings from 5:30 - 8 pm (Hampton campus) OR fully online.   UMS 111 Introduction to Small UAS (sUAS) – The Manual Flight sUAS class.  ...

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...

Thomas Nelson Community College is offering an online course to prepare participants to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate Part 107 exam. The class begins on Monday, March 15th .  The course is fully online. It is not required, but highly suggested that students attend the Zoom meetings on Mondays from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  The course is 8 weeks in length.   Thomas Nelson has a 100% pass rate for students taking the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification exam after this course.  There is a hands-on flying component to help you develop manual flying and operations skills.  Students will upload videos to demonstrate flying skills required to complete the class.  It is suggested that students buy a relatively inexpensive drone to complete the flying skills (Cheerwing quadcopter, usually less than $50).  The book for the course can be purchased on Amazon. The course is being offered through the Virginia Community College...

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...

The GeoTEd-UAS project team will be featuring our work during the annual National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) PI Conference. To learn more about the project, view a 90-second video overview of the project that will be part of the virtual exhibit. Click here to view the new GeoTEd-UAS project flyer. The Conference is being held virtually October 20-23. GeoTEd-UAS will have an exhibit during the ATE Connects session on October 20. If you are attending the Conference, we encourage you to attend and network with our team. More information about the project will also be provided on October 21 during a Synergy session titled, Advancing Collaborations Within the UAS Community.  ...