Six community college students and three community college faculty recently completed an intensive internship program conducting UAS research and flight testing. Led by VSGC and funded by the NSF, the GeoTEd-UAS Internship program was in partnership with Virginia Tech's site in the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS), a multi-university NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. In addition to tuition support for two classes, preparation for the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate, travel funding, and operating supplies, students and faculty earned stipends for completing the internship. VSGC and GeoTEd-UAS team members served as project leaders and subject-matter experts....

[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....