FDR Students Pilot Drones

ASU rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Kimberly Reynolds and Nicholas Matula vis­it­ed FDR to sup­port edu­ca­tors in using tech­nol­o­gy with­in their con­tent areas. While vis­it­ing, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives also met with teach­ers to pro­vide train­ing with 3D print­ers and VR/AR. They helped the Tiger Techs hone their skills with the 3D print­ers and the AR/VR. FDR recent­ly received a TJI Drone. Students will con­tin­ue to prac­tice fly­ing the drone while BTSD teach­ers become cer­ti­fied drone pilots. Drone fly­ing pre­pares stu­dents for many pos­si­ble career pathways.

Verizon Innovative Learning and Arizona State University (ASU) offered Title I mid­dle schools to apply for an elec­tive course cur­ricu­lum. Verizon Innovative Learning address­es bar­ri­ers to dig­i­tal inclu­sion and aims to empow­er stu­dents with emerg­ing tech­nol­o­gy, design think­ing, and social inno­va­tion to impact their com­mu­ni­ties. The pro­gram arms them with skills to help them suc­ceed in today’s dig­i­tal world.

The $15,000 grant was award­ed to both FDR and Neil A. Armstrong Middle Schools. The grant was made pos­si­ble by Verizon Innovative Learning, and will sup­port the imple­men­ta­tion of two PLTW Gateway units – App Creators and Computer Science for Innovators and Makers.